Almost two years ago I posted about being slow; driving the speed limit, using good, sensible driving habits. Nothing has changed in the two years; everyone still speeds because they can, although my mileage is excellent: average of 36 MPG in the city.
“It’s not a speed average, it’s not a speed minimum, it’s not a speed that ‘I can do 6 or 7 more than,’ it’s a limit,” says Captain Don Fraser of the Minnesota State Patrol.
That statement made us wonder, what happens when you do drive the speed limit?
The results are predictable: impatient drivers, tail-gating, death traps from being boxed in by trucks…
“If you ask why people speed, I’d say it’s because they can,” Harder says.
Drivers know law enforcement can only pull over so many speeders.
“Part of the issue is there just isn’t enough law enforcement,” Decker says. “People don’t think they’re going to get caught. And they’re often surprised when they do get caught.”
And no, I don’t speed on my motorcycle either. I DO often accelerate too quickly, though.