August 8, 2006


Speed limits to be reviewed in bid to save lives (Catherine Boyle and Philip Webster, 8/08/06, Times of London)

SPEED limits across the country are to be changed, with the 60mph ceiling on rural roads cut in many areas in an attempt to save lives.

The Government has asked local authorities to reconsider limits on all roads, with the introduction of more 20 mph limits in urban areas currently covered by a limit of 30 mph.

Suddenly a Segway looks speedy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 8, 2006 8:29 AM

At the other end, I've talked to some of the highway patrol and ambulance workers out here in West Texas about the two-month-old 80 mph daytime speed limit on area interstates. So far, they say they haven't seen a big increase in the number of accidents, but the ones they have had are more likely to cause severe or fatal injuries.

That said, cruising back from Austin this past weekend doing 80 mph (legally) for 200-plus miles did make the trip go a lot faster.

Posted by: John at August 8, 2006 9:29 AM

These guys have a death wish.

Other than drunks or druggies who can cause accidents at any speed, most accidents are caused by people trying to get around cars going slower than the rest of the traffic, not by speeders.

Nixon has been roundly cursed and IMO should spend the rest of eternity in the nether regions for foisting the double nickel on us. It took many year before that travesty was overturned and now a new bunch of experts want to inflict the same folly on innocent Brits.

Nay, nay, I say!

Posted by: erp at August 8, 2006 10:23 AM

I've driven on rural roads in Britain and Scotland. A lot of them are narrow to the point of alarming.

Posted by: Twn at August 8, 2006 10:55 AM

How about working on expelling all Islamofascists from Britain in order to save lives? The result of that effort would be far more effective.

Posted by: obc at August 8, 2006 11:52 AM

try looking at some statistics comparing auto deaths to terrorist murders and you'll see how inane that is.

Posted by: oj at August 8, 2006 11:57 AM

Me, too, Twn.

Remember when Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence died when his motorcycle crashed on an English country road at the beginning of "Lawrence of Arabia?" Not only are they narrow but they are often twisty, if memory serves.

Twenty-five mph is low enough, though.

Posted by: Ed Bush at August 8, 2006 1:46 PM

When we finally succeed in banning cars, but not buses or trains, can I ride my horse to work? I promise to tip the stable boy in what used to be the parking garage well, especially if he's Guatemalan.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at August 8, 2006 2:25 PM

As long as you comply with the pooper scooper law.

But if you're a lawyer there is no need to go to work--all but trials can be done remotely.

Posted by: oj at August 8, 2006 2:30 PM

The same effect was found when Montana reinstituted its "reasonable and prudent" speedlimit for a few years. When speed limits were imposed by the courts (it's so much easier to look at a single pair of numbers than it is to deal with figuring out if the driver was indeed being reckless), accidents rates went up.

(I loved to see that sign, beside the "Welcome to Montana" one on the Exit 0 overpass at Lookout Pass on I-90, which listed the speed limits, or lack thereof.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 8, 2006 3:30 PM

Twn: Indeed. Twisty roads that seem about 1.75 lanes wide, in between hedgerows that come up both shoulders. It feels safer to do 100 mph on a freeway than 30 mph on one of those.

Posted by: PapayaSF at August 8, 2006 5:01 PM