The subject today is speeding on our roads, and the wish to introduce zero tolerance, so that even if you only go one mile above the limit, you will be fined.
I saw a sign similar to this in NZ, and agree wholeheartedly that just because it says 60, you don’t have to hit it!
We have speed cameras in the UK, most of which don’t actually work unless they’re on the motorway. They are being replaced by roadside gadgets that flash at you if you’re going too fast and thank you if you’re within the limit.
Currently, there is a 10% buffer of the speed limit before a fine is imposed.
I can actually understand that as we have often been trundling along at 30 mph to approach a flashy sign that thanks us for doing 28. Speedos therefore fluctuate to the official line, and we are lucky that ours show us to be going slightly faster than we actually are, but that is still no excuse.
I’ve been driving for 40 years, and try to be considerate on the roads. I admit there have been a few times when I have got a little carried away and the right foot has been heavier on the accelerator than it should. More than anything else, I frightened myself and slowed down immediately. I’m not a speed freak, but then I don’t like to be kept hanging around either.
Speeding kills. But then again so does going too slow as you test the patience of those behind you, who then take unnecessary chances.
In bad weather, you can understand extra caution, but when the roads are clear and conditions are good, most people get frustrated behind the Sunday Driver (as my Dad used to call them) out to admire the view or tractors/shed pullers/ horse boxes on narrow roads which can’t be passed unless they pull over.
Zero tolerance though?
This is partly to address the popularity (and cost) of speed awareness courses which are sometimes offered in lieu of a speeding fine. Having not been in that position (and hopefully won’t), I don’t know if the offender pays for said speed awareness course. If not, perhaps the onus of cost should be on them rather than the tax payer, as if they have been caught breaking the limit, even slightly, then there should be a penalty.
The only thing in my opinion that should ALWAYS be zero tolerance regarding driving is alcohol. If you are going to be behind the wheel of a car, you should not drink any.