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Basically, what this study indicates is speed limits are set way too low in America. If they set limits at the suggested NHTSA 85th percentile of driver speed on a roadway with no speed limit posted, they would have much higher limits and less tickets to give out. The truth is speed limits are set intentionally low to garner revenue for the local and state judicial system. The campaign to brain wash voters into thinking slower speeds, such as 55 MPH, is safer is hard to overcome. Michigan and other state legislators are trying to get the limits raised to a more reasonable speed but some of the low information voters and those who profit from the revenue (with their many lobbyists) are a serious hurdle. The safety issue revolves around the 10-15 percent of drivers who refuse to break the law, even though they otherwise would have no issue keeping up with the flow of traffic. This causes congestion and accidents whereby a majority of drivers wish to travel at higher speeds that the roadway is clearly designed to handle safely, especially considering todays much safer automobiles.

http://www.freep.com/article/201308...awmakers-look-at-lifting-highway-speed-limits

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/2...se-michigan-speed-limits-to-as-high-as-80-mph

BTW, keep in mind, if 20% of drivers/owners are getting tickets there are still a bunch more who speed yet don't get ticketed. This just further underscores the fact speed limits are set much lower than what is recommended as the safest speed. And further indicates that speed limits have nothing to do with safety but everything to do with robbing the tax payer of more money. Speeding tickets (in most cases) are just another form of hidden tax to pay for the illegitimacy of another government entity. It's extortion to the highest degree! :yup:

HOW CITIES ROB YOU:
http://thegeorgiaspeedingticketkiller.com/cities_rob_you_2.php
 
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