NYT Op Ed Calls for Speed Limiters
New York Times Op-Editorialist Dr. Kent A. Sepkowitz is an expert in infectious diseases and something of a professional essayist. Having dispensed with the “ inexact science of penis length,” Sepkowitz is out to stop speeders. As you’d expect, he begins with a bit of statistical manipulation, or more, precisely, an accusation of same. “In Texas, in 2005, 3,504 people died in a traffic accident; 1,426 (about 41 percent) were considered speeding-related. In sharp contrast, for Florida, 3,543 died yet only 239 were considered speeding-related — about 7 percent. Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana and New Jersey, among other states, also report rates well below 20 percent. This variation is not just shoddy government work. With alcohol, for example, the 39 percent national rate varies only by a whisker when examined state to state (except for Utah’s admirable rate of 13 percent).” The bottom line for this non-expert expert: there ought to be a [new] law, ’cause speeding is dangerous and immature. “The technology to limit car speed has existed for more than 50 years — it’s called cruise control. In its common application, cruise control maintains a steady speed, but a minor adjustment would assure that vehicles, no matter the horsepower, never go past 75 miles per hour. This safety measure should be required of every new automobile, the same as seat belts, turning signals, brake lights and air bags. Sure, it would take us longer to get from here to there. But thousands of deaths a year are too great a cost for so adolescent a thrill as speeding.”
Florida's stats are an anomaly. Florida's police uses a "catch all" called "careless driving." Because of that, they badly underreport speed-related fatalities. Even then, however, "speed-related" is meaningless for two reasons: 1. They falsely presume the validity of speed limits. Simply being over the limit = "speed-related" even if the speed was not dangerous. 2. "Related" is not the same as "caused by." A crash can be speed-related when the speed did not cause it. Just one vehicle has to be "speeding," and whamo, it's speed-related.
Fit limiters and within a matter of weeks someone willl come up with a solution on how to bypass them. A total waste of time and energy - cars dont kill it's the idiot behind the wheel that causes accidents