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Aug. 9th, 2006 @ 05:56 pm Musings at slightly less than warp speed.
Last week I drove to and from Montreal at the speed limit. On a trip down here last year I received a speeding ticket, so I decided to take it easy. Doing exactly the speed limit for 420 kilometers, I did not pass a single car. At the construction zones the speed and lanes were reduced. I'm sure some drivers were pissed at me, but I don't feel like getting a double fine. It's hard enough to get insurance as it is.

This week I drove down here at about 5-8kms over the speed limit. I passed a grand total of 3 cars. Yep, 3 cars. Now, I'm not debating whether or not the speed limit should be raised, but am noting the fact it is a limit, make that an upper limit just so we're clear. In Quebec they are nice enough to give you a minimum and maximum range on the highways (60-100). It seems many people this weekend lost sight of the fact that the Ontario speed limit is 100 as police hand out 1300 tickets

Our wonderful local talk radio station decided to hold a poll on it, asking if it was an excessive cash grab. Now let's see, one police officer ticketed 100 people in the same spot, and he was only targetting people going over 130! He's giving them a 30 click cushion and he still nabbed 100 people. Who's being excessive? It slays me that one day the news reporters are screaming for more police and better law enforcement, and then when the police go out and do something that clearly is designed to save lives they are criticised for it.

Who does she think she is?
no idea
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From:stella0017
Date:August 10th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
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Since we got our SMART, we pretty much drive the speed limit to maximize fuel efficiency. OK, the 2 tickets I got within a week helped with the decision. We notice that we never pass anyone on the highway either - but MANY pass us on both highways and city streets. I am surprised that you actually passed three cars! I would have thought the number to be zero!!

I am glad to see that those answering the poll seemed to agree that it is not a cash grab, I share that view. But I think that the options should have reflected the fact that speeds are not set on a whim, they are actually about safety, so is enforcing them.



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From:islandgirlsj
Date:August 10th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
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130 MPH!!!!
*ACK*

Oh my gosh, I think I would have a heart attack at those speeds.
I'm pretty happy at 80-85.

Seems to me, those officers giving tickets for 30 miles over, are doing quite a favor. Here, you can safely go from 5-10 miles over, after that, they are nabbing your ass.
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From:neeroc
Date:August 10th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)

Metric messes you up!

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oh it's not that bad! 130 kmph not miles. I think its around 80-85 mph. (so that would be 20-22mph over the speed limit.) So that guy was only targetting people going more than 20 miles an hour over the speed limit, and he still caught 100 in 3 days.

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From:islandgirlsj
Date:August 10th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Metric messes you up!

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Hahaa.. I was hoping that it was Kmph... but was not positive. *whew*
Yes... it seems there are a lot of people going WAY over the speed limit vs cops just trying to bring money in. :)
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 11th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Let's see... 2 tickets and a one-month suspension 6 months after getting my licence did it for me.

I try very hard to stay no more than 15kph over posted - they'll let you get away with that.

One confession tho - y'know how good stuff tastes when you're really hungry?? Well, I was eating TURTLES (!!), starving, and heading home... the stretch between HC and St. B. on Bank is generally fast and often has a speed trap. Sigh. She knocked it down tho - most likely because I was laughing when she got to my window and had chocolate all over my mouth. :D

Boo
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