It really is amazing how people can be brainwashed into believing a bad theory.
For years now, be have been told that the major cause of deaths on the road is speeding.
That is a load of unadulterated crap.
Speeding rarely causes an accident. Speeding rarely causes a death. What causes accidents and death is bad or careless driving. If speed caused accidents, then surely the Formula One circuits would be a bloodbath? The reason they are not is that the drivers know what they are doing. They know their own and their machine’s limits, and accidents happen on the race track because those limits are pushed to the extreme.
There was a sad case in the North where a scumbag smashed into a car driven by a 64 year old, who was killed, along with the scumbags passenger. The victim’s widow is appealing for people to slow down, which shows how she has fallen for the propaganda.
Let’s look at the facts. Scumbag bought the car [an Audi A4] for only £500 because he knew it was stolen. He had 23 previous convictions including stealing cars, assault, possession of knives and robbery. He is a bottom feeder. He caused that accident because he was reckless, and was showing off his stolen car to his pal, who I hope was suitable impressed, seeing as he is now in the afterlife.
Scumbag, incidentally only got five years. He will be out in half that time and back stealing cars and creating mayhem again.
I have the best part of forty years driving experience. I have had accidents but considering I must have driven close on half a million miles by now, that’s not surprising. I can guarantee you that I could drive around Dublin without having an accident, while completely ignoring all speed limits. I could do over 100 on some roads and would probably fail to even reach the limit on others, simply because I adapt my speed to the conditions and potential hazards.
Yesterday, just as an experiment I tried driving at 30Kmph. I found it extremely difficult. I was forced into driving in second gear which is not only a strain on the car but also probably uses more petrol – therefore more fumes and pollution. As a limit, it is sensible in a housing area where there are narrow streets and children playing, but on a main road it is abysmally absurd. To have to drive for two miles without exceeding that limit would be painful, and difficult.
Speed limits serve one function only, and that is to provide a very handy cash flow for the government. Fining someone for doing 70 in a 60 limit where there is no danger whatsoever of an accident is morally wrong. I can see the new Dublin limit being a very nice little cash-cow for the government. I can see why they want to introduce it in Cork and Galway.