By guest writer Eric Peters
The problem with speed limits is they’re arbitrary and presumptive.
A velocity maximum is decreed, and you are presumed a threat to others if you exceed it. Almost everyone understands this is silly—else almost everyone would not “speed” routinely. Most of us do not play Russian roulette, for instance, irrespective of any laws forbidding it, because we don’t need to be threatened with a ticket to refrain from putting a loaded gun to our heads.
Almost everyone understands that driving five, ten mph, or even faster than above whatever the speed limit is isn’t like that. That “breaking” the speed limit is like stepping on sidewalk cracks and not likely to break your momma’s back. It is why few feel shame or guilt when “caught” going faster than the speed limit. Indeed, the opposite is likely true. Drivers resent being extorted by the courts and insurance mafia over something we know caused no harm and was not likely to cause harm.
Interestingly, this defeats the supposed purpose of speed limits if the purpose isn’t to pretextually fleece motorists.
Ostensibly, speed limits are posted—gird yourself—for “our safety.” It is an almost mathematical axiom that the very last thing intended is the plain meaning of those two words when you hear those two words.
An altogether different meaning is intended, which can be demonstrated by pointing out how useless speed limits are as information about how fast or not it is safe to drive on any given road, especially an unfamiliar one.
This ought to be the purpose of speed limits—advisory rather than arbitrary. Suppose limits convey useful information about speed in relation to the road ahead instead of the set-deliberately-below-the-speed most people drive on that road. More might actually drive the advisory speed limit. Inevitably, most drivers ignore the posted limits and see them as easy pickings for on-the-go tax collection.
Part of the problem is vocabulary.
A speed limit sounds like some engineering threshold, like an engine’s RPM limit. Exceed the redline, and engine damage is probable because the engine’s mechanical limits have been exceeded.
Most people take care not to exceed the redline because they know it has objective informational value, and they’d better pay attention to it.
But a speed limit is nothing like that. It is a statutory limit—something illegal to exceed because it has been so decreed but not necessarily harmful in and of itself.
It is obviously not an objective threshold beyond which danger lies, which is why most people do speed, regardless of any statute. General contempt for speed limits is universal, which undermines “our safety.”
It is not because people “speed,” but because the correlation between the signage and conditions is so tenuous that most of us ignore the signs unless police are in the vicinity. While some drive too slowly relative to the speed, the rest of us are driving to make sure that traffic does not needlessly bunch up when it could be flowing much more smoothly. This sets up a bizarre and irritating dynamic.
The speed limit obeyers are often taking a kind of righteous delight in their rigid obedience, which in their minds justifies not yielding to the drivers exceeding the speed limit because they are breaking the law! While the “speeders” understandably get exasperated by the “slowpoke” ahead who is preventing them from driving at a speed they know isn’t dangerous, even if statutorily unlawful.
If “our safety” rather than our money is desired, the gov, perhaps, should post speed advisories with no fines attached.
This would benefit drivers not familiar with a given road by giving them a sound ballpark idea about how fast they ought to enter an unfamiliar curve, for instance. They would be given heed for the sake of safety as opposed to fear of a fine.
Because we have speed limits, people tend to either completely ignore them—knowing they can likely take the curve up ahead at ten or even twenty MPH faster than the sign says is “safe” (even at the risk of a ticket) because they have been driving that road and taking that curve every day for the past ten years at ten or even twenty MPH faster than the sign says is “safe.”
If a driver is not familiar with the road and has not taken the curve up ahead every day for the past ten years, they see the sign that says twenty-five MPH and creates a road hazard by driving preposterously slow for the curve. The next time they take that road, they’ll probably ignore the sign, like almost everyone else.
Motorists then habituate a combination of contempt for the signage as well as mindless obedience of signage irrespective of conditions, and neither is of much service to the cause of “our safety.” The entire regime is as counterproductive and cynical as it is profitable.
This explains why probably speed limits as absolute won’t end anytime soon.
Eric Peters lives in Virginia and enjoys driving cars and motorcycles. In the past, Eric worked as a car journalist for many prominent mainstream media outlets. Currently, he focuses his time writing auto history books, reviewing cars, and blogging about cars+ for his website EricPetersAutos.com.
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by Horatio Bunce
How can the state of Tennessee continue with forced (compulsory) education laws, threatening parents with prison if they do not comply, and issue these Covid-19 disclaimers claiming they have no liability and call them a “swim at your own risk” arrangement? More like “Pay for the pool and the pool employees and jump in and swim or we’ll put you in prison. Not our fault if you drown.”
by Horatio Bunce
Maybe he should stick to losing his lawsuits against dirt tracks. The hypocrisy of the tin-pot dictators know no bounds. It’s like a stupid contest…
Governor Andy Beshear clarified that weddings at venues are not limited by the 10 person gathering limit, while weddings held at privates homes are. https://t.co/XtlStmZMmd
— WKYT (@WKYT) July 25, 2020
by Horatio Bunce
WE know the PCR test is a piece of garbage that was never intended to be used for medical diagnosis of presence of a viral infection, and here is a Canadian public health official translating the facts. But don’t let the facts stop you CDC fear-porn mask-mandating dictators!
The “second wave” is way more than 50% fake though because of the ridiculous amount of “tests” being performed. Test 100: 50 come back false positive. Test 5,000: 2,500 come back false positive. 2500>500 = Second Wave! C’mon folks, we haven’t been using Bill Gates Common Core math that long….you can get this!
Watch as Dr. Barbara Yaffe, associate chief medical officer of health in Ontario claims that almost HALF of the positive covid tests are false.
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) July 31, 2020
by Horatio Bunce
Ukranian “volunteers” were administered the Gates/Fauci/Moderna vaccine. Over 25% of them are DEAD. Over half of them in the ICU. After the University of Tennessee forces these vaccines on all their students to “keep them safe”, I guess the hospitals will finally get that overrun the CDC fear porn has been promising instead of them declaring bankruptcy due to lack of work in the “pandemic”. Bill Lee should probably get some backhoes ready for the mass graves. 7,000+ dead students….where are they going to put them? Who else will they infect with the shedding of their Gates/Fauci/Moderna vaccine? Why in the world would you trust these de-population nut jobs to a 50% chance of DEATH when you have a 99.3% chance (already field-proven since February) of nothing happening to you if they just go away?
Oh? You want to argue they were already sick? “Something else” contributed? Sorry, that’s not how it works in the CDC’s new, re-defined BS junk science world. Any Covid is the cause of death.
AND DON’T FORGET. VACCINE MANUFACTURERS AND THE EVIL BILLIONAIRES FUNDING THEM HAVE ZERO LIABILITY FOR THE DEATHS AND DAMAGES THEIR PRODUCT CAUSES.
UT will just say that they were “doing my job” and “keeping you safe” when they dictated the murder of your child. And we’re “all in this together” because everybody knows somebody that was murdered by the Gates/Fauci/Moderna vaccine.
Four Ukrainians Died After Introducing American COVID-19 Vaccine – Moderna mRNA – 1273 (Fauci's vaccine).
There are 15 volunteers.
In the course of the research, eight patients' health deteriorated sharply and they were transferred to intensive care.https://t.co/lQHp9QUGzA
— The Professional ⚡ (@science_cited) July 22, 2020
Written by Ron Paul, M.D., former US Congressman from Texas
For months, the Washington Post and the rest of the mainstream media kept a morbid Covid-19 “death count” on their front pages and at the top of their news broadcasts. The coronavirus outbreak was all about the number of dead. The narrative was intended to boost governors like Cuomo in New York and Whitmer in Michigan, who turned their states authoritarian under the false notion that destroying people’s jobs, freedom, and lives would somehow keep a virus from doing what viruses always do: spread through a population until eventually losing strength and dying out.
The “death count” was always the headline.
But then all of a sudden early in June the mainstream media did a George Orwell and lectured us that it is all about “cases” and has always been all about “cases.” Death, and especially infection fatality rate, were irrelevant. Why? Because from the peak in April, deaths had decreased by 90 percent and were continuing to crash. That was not terrifying enough so the media pretended this good news did not exist.
With massive increases in testing, the “case” numbers climbed. This is not rocket science: the more people you test the more “cases” you discover.
Unfortunately our mainstream media is only interested in pushing the “party line.” So the good news that millions more have been exposed while the fatality rate continues to decline – meaning the virus is getting weaker – is buried under hysterical false reporting of “new cases.”
Unfortunately many governors, including our own here in Texas, are incapable of resisting the endless lies of the mainstream media. They are putting Americans again through the nightmare of forced business closures, mandated face masks, and restrictions of Constitutional liberties based on false propaganda.
In Texas the “second wave” propaganda has gotten so bad that the leaders of the four major hospitals in Houston took the extraordinary step late last week of holding a joint press conference to clarify that the scare stories of Houston hospitals being overwhelmed with Covid cases are simply untrue. Dr. Marc Boom of Houston Methodist said the reporting on hospital capacity is misleading. He said, “quite frankly, we’re concerned that there is a level of alarm in the community that is unwarranted right now.”
In fact, there has been much reporting that the “spike” in Texas cases is not due to a resurgence of the virus but to hospital practices of Covid-testing every patient coming in for any procedure at all. If it’s a positive, well that counts as a “Covid hospitalization.” Why would hospitals be so dishonest in their diagnoses? Billions of appropriated Federal dollars are being funneled to facilities based on the number of “Covid cases” they can produce. As I’ve always said, if you subsidize something you get more of it. And that’s why we are getting more Covid cases.
Let’s go back to the original measurements used to scare Americans into giving up their Constitutional liberties: the daily death numbers. Even though we know hospitals have falsely attributed countless deaths to “Covid-19” that were deaths WITH instead of FROM the virus, we are seeing actual deaths steadily declining over the past month and a half. Declining deaths are not a great way to push the “second wave” propaganda, so the media and politicians have moved the goal posts and decided that only “cases” are important. It’s another big lie.
Resist propaganda and defend your liberty. That is the only way we’ll get through this.