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Bill100

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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2013 8:12:07 AM



I adamantly take the view that differences in speed actually reduce accidents. Admittedly, increased speed increases the severity of an accident, in the event an accident actually transpires. And they do increase the chances of an accident to some degree due to reduced reaction time of both drivers.

But, to a very large extent, increased speed decreases the odds of the accident ever happening in the first place because time spent in proximity with any other given object is greatly reduced. Accidents actually happen because 2 objects try to occupy the same space at the same time. Increased speed differences actually lessen the time other vehicles are in your proximity and represent a danger to you. I am much more scared by a driver a mere 3 feet away from me on my left side travelling at 65 mph when I am travelling 64 mph. Might that person sneeze? Might their kid do something unexpected? Is he or she on the phone? Drinking or spilling hot coffee? or Alcohol? Is there a fly in their car they may try to swat? I do not know what circumstances may happen in their vehicle. I can only control what I am doing.

I do not suggest people drive 85-90 mph or more when most people are driving 70 mph. But if one driver wishes to pass another vehicle, that driver should increase his or her speed to 5-10 mph faster than the vehicle they intend to pass. Or just don't pass. Get off cruise control for a minute if necessary. They will not get a ticket for speeding and might actually get thanked (for keeping things safer) by both the police and by other drivers who are not being blocked and controlled by others. They can actually reduce road rage.

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Fredelin
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2014 7:34:52 PM

SLOW DRIVERS sticking to the left lane are dangerous
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2014 5:38:42 PM

Speeding is any amount over the limit and 56 in a 55 is unlikely to cause an accident. Therefore, speeding may contribute to loss of control but is probably not the only cause of an accident. Excessive speed makes control more difficult and therefore is where most of the problem comes to crunch. Too bad folks don't have better judgement.
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WilhamClouse
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2014 5:16:53 PM

'Speeding' don't cause the accidents. A person can crash at almost any speed. Another can drive fine at over the limit.

Speed limits are too low anyway. Up here in Canada it is even slower.

[Edited by: WilhamClouse at 2/17/2014 5:17:28 PM EST]
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traffic cop
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2014 11:29:00 AM

What a stupid question, and an equally stupid hypothesis.

Next: Does running red lights cause accidents?
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2014 7:59:33 AM

There are too many stupid people on the road, and speed does have an affect.
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2014 7:38:34 AM

We're all human, we all make mistakes . . .
The faster you are going, the longer it takes to stop. Speed increases the chance of injury & death if something goes wrong.

I'm surrounded by impatient idiots every day. Most are men that either need to get laid or are suffering from penis envy.
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2014 7:24:45 AM

"Speed does not kill. Uneducated drivers do"

Oh if that's the case, wouldn't Paul Walker still be alive. How do you explain that?

From the NY Daily News

"The star of 'The Fast and the Furious' movie franchise and a friend identified as Roger Rodas died in Southern California after the Porsche they were in crashed violently into a tree, his rep confirmed to the Daily News. POLICE SAID SPEED WAS A FACTOR."
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Fredelin
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2014 7:07:07 AM

Speed does not kill. Uneducated drivers do. And then you have those who don't have an accident but... cause them. How many examples do you want to hear?
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luvmyrv
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2014 9:47:44 PM

DUH!
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twt
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2014 5:31:52 AM

Duh, Where did you go to school? Faster speeds reduce reaction time and cause more skidding, in an emergency stop.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2014 5:24:45 AM

Faster speeds reduce reaction times. and increase stopping distances.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 9:38:48 AM

Increased speed just gives you less time to mess-up and it gives the other driver the same, but more time to mess you up, the errors are nature enhanced not always, but they average it a lot. Seems so.... Saving time can be like saving some Sky....!
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espo85
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 9:04:03 AM

Morons that have no situational awareness causes accidents.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 7:25:13 AM

Speed kills................
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TriniB
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 2:14:45 PM

Yes.
I respect the posted limit.
I also believe any speed whatsoever which you do not have control is worst.
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 12:48:15 PM

No question higher speeds reduce reaction time but the biggest problem here is lack of attention because of cell phones and the general stupidity of the drivers on the road. They expect everyone to get out of their way so they can do what they want. I drive a school bus and the word stupid does not come close to describing the way drivers behave!!
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dv8jane
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 10:16:07 AM

faster speeds reduce reaction times. and increase stopping distances.
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 8:41:35 AM

Lack of driving skills is the biggest contributor to accidents. I started driving at 12 and got my drivers license at 14 (legal age then). Having an accident was an embarrassment. We showed our skill by avoiding them -- and yes we drove fast.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 7:33:52 AM

I must agree with >> gvan's post << on his reply about the common human eyes/brain relationship performance concerning extra human body travel speed. Rather, humans(drivers) tend to lose focus at both side areas and then concentrate on the zooming motion directly ahead coming at the driver as speed increases.

I simply haven't researched this or have any special knowledge about the affects on human vision, I do believe some individuals have an advantage in this ability factor to a plus side even in the Sport of(Boxing).

Just saying side vision alerts get diminished to a blur when centered focus concentration takes priority, for some individuals, my experience. Maybe if you had the eyes of a Cheetah and exceptional driving skills, a 5***** record would be the waiting results each time (minus other Errors).
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charladan
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2014 9:52:49 PM

Bad drivers cause accidents
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gvan
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2014 1:22:12 PM

Your peripheral vision is reduced the faster you drive.
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2014 6:47:44 AM

It doesn't help . . .
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2014 3:23:10 AM

and they are not drunk or high!
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2014 3:22:21 AM

depends on the driver, his physical condition & the weather....
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herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 11:50:14 PM

Sure will in these parts at this time of year.
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 9:40:33 PM

Excessive speed is the real problem, speed per se isn't the issue if all else goes well. Loss of control at speed is the real problem and excessive speed contributes to loss of control.
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BobP1950
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 9:25:30 PM

indirectly, yes
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2014 6:43:20 AM

Speed kills................
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2014 6:22:50 AM

Speed Kills. Just ask Ralph Nader.
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pghbill
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2014 12:21:29 AM

in general no, but stupidity combined with speed does
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 3:32:54 PM

people not paying attention or driving outside their skill level cause accidents
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 3:19:52 PM

Agree completely with Bill100, that the difference in speed is the problem not the absolute value of velocity.

If "speed kills" then air travel would be certain death.
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 3:12:34 PM

A speeder zipping by me, scares me. NOT safe!
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 9:17:19 AM

It sort of thrives when added to some ones error, just a tiny error, then kind'a adds to that phrase it's TOO Late Now!..... What is....? Often the Grey Area..... The just-in-case vehicles on standby and personal that stay ready, usually "verify"......
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twt
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 5:42:25 AM

Yes. The faster you go, the less control you have.
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 5:37:09 AM

when combine with other factors, yes
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 3:07:13 AM

i think so
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punchy60
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 3:34:28 PM

I think it depends on a number of factors like road conditions, day or night driving, texting, arguing while driving, doing one's hair or makeup while driving, etc.
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lyanMI
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 9:20:44 AM

I think so
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 8:37:31 AM

there are too many people out there that can hardly park in the middle of a parking slot, barely moving. Excessive speeds just means that these idiots are definitely incapable of controlling a car.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 7:17:26 AM

Excessive speed in heavily traveled areas apparently cause more accidents.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 6:16:08 AM

Yes....for sure.....it also kills................
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stonejd
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 5:42:58 AM

about as much as the jagoff going 10-15mph slower than the average Joe on the road.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 5:37:26 AM

Depends on lots of factors like snow, rain etc.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 3:53:53 AM

up bet it does....ive been on beltways where the speed is 60mph which I drive & im the slowest one there, one group will be going 70-75 while another group will be darting in & out at 80+....& yes there are quit a few accidents! (esp in rain, sleet, & night time)
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 1:27:07 AM

reduced reaction time is the problem

and too many people on the road not really focusing on driving
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 12:27:17 AM

Not necessarily, 95 percent of all accidents are caused by in attention on someone's part.
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krazkar
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 12:05:14 AM

I find that the faster I drive, the more I pay attention to the road.

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HotRod10
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2014 10:15:44 PM

Traffic studies bear out that the number one cause of crashes for highway driving is driver fatigue. Also high on the list is speed differential; where some traffic is traveling slow and some fast, the crash rate and fatalities are higher than where everyone is driving about the same speed, regardless of what that speed is. Speed doesn't kill as long as you don't hit anything.
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2014 12:34:16 PM

Not always.
The nut holding the wheel causes most collisions, which are rarely accidents.
Driving ability and paying attention to traffic and road conditions will minimize the rate of collisions to nearly zero.
Too often, semi-adequate drivers roll along, barely aware of their surroundings and are then dumbfounded when they crash.
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