Please Stop Speeding Watch

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Please, just stop speeding.

It's dangerous and you could kill somebody. But you're also filling up this forum with your posts asking if you've been caught.

Every other post here seems to be about speeding tickets. You know the easiest way to avoid speeding tickets?

Don't speed. Leave plenty of time for your journeys and don't let other drivers pressure you by tailgating. If your friends want you to drive faster, tell them you can't afford the points or that there might be an unmarked traffic car behind you (there might be, after all).

Just stay safe. It's not worth the fine, the points or the panicked TSR thread
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Oh don't be so ridiculous. There's instances where speed limits should not be so low, or in place at all.

You can not tell me doing 80mph on a motorway is any more dangerous than travelling at 55mph in a 50mph zone.
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Remove the damn speed limits from motorways
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Speeding is good for the economy
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People who speed will get wiped out by natural selection anyway
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(Original post by IWMTom)
Oh don't be so ridiculous. There's instances where speed limits should not be so low, or in place at all.

You can not tell me doing 80mph on a motorway is any more dangerous than travelling at 55mph in a 50mph zone.
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People who speed will get wiped out by natural selection anyway
Is something someone who doesn't drive would say.
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Is something someone who doesn't drive would say.
Get out me car
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I'm not suggesting that it's always dangerous, just that people shouldn't be so surprised when they get tickets for it (or think they're going to get tickets for it). Everybody knows that there are cameras around, and if you're going to break the speed limit then it's a risk you run.

And, sometimes, it is also dangerous. I know it's not representative of all roads, but there have been a fair few accidents around on the road where I live because people regularly ignore the speed limit and realise too late that it's so low because there's a set of hazards around the blind bend.
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Speeding comes with a level of risk, but providing the driver is sensible, there isn't much of an issue.
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Speeding isn't an absolute issue in itself - how serious it is depends on the experience of the driver, the prevailing road and weather conditions, what type of road you're speeding on, how many cars you have on it, etc.

What I've found more dangerous in the year or so since I acquired my license is that the real danger is created by idiots who drive too slowly and as such create a risk of being rear-ended by another driver. This applies to motorways as much as it applies to D-roads, only that driving at exactly the speed limit in the latter is even more dangerous. This owes itself to the fact that the drivers following a slow driver need to turn into the opposite lane to overtake, and that there are plenty of blind corners after which you may need to brake suddenly if the car in front of you is going too slowly. Driving at a slower pace relative to the rest of the road traffic is as much of an issue as driving at excessive speed.

The stuff about not tailgating is fair (even though tailgating as an issue is not unique to those who speed). However, not all of us can plan journeys hours in advance, particularly when faced with external constraints (meetings at work, lectures/classes at uni, shop closing times). Even if we had an infinite amount of time for our journey, driving is not something you want to be doing for more than you want to - it's a chore and a necessity that you have no choice but to do in order to get from point A to point B. Hence, I find little appeal in driving at 30mph as opposed to 40mph on a B-road, particularly when the road safety impacts of me driving above the limit are so marginal.
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Slow driving can be as much dangerous as a little bit of speeding, if a driver lacks awarness and is not used to stresfull situations on the road.

I might add that you have ridiculous speed limits in UK. Your speed limits on motorways are below the abilities of the 70ties cars to handle easy and safely. And I know this, as I drive a very average car from 70ties almost every day.

It's more important if a driver has taken care of his or her skills by reading proper literature on technique of driving, and training it on skidpads and then on racing tracks, than if one strictly obeys to speed limits or not.

Depending on various factors it maybe safe to drive above the speed limit, and sometimes even speeds in the speed limits are not safe at all.
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the new 20 mph speed limits are the most irritating.
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Statistically, despite what the government will tell you, very few serious accidents are attributed to speeding, typically less than 5% per year.
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People who speed will get wiped out by natural selection anyway
Along with the 'innocent' people they crash into?
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Along with the 'innocent' people they crash into?
Sure, we can go with that
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(Original post by sek510i)
And, sometimes, it is also dangerous. I know it's not representative of all roads, but there have been a fair few accidents around on the road where I live because people regularly ignore the speed limit and realise too late that it's so low because there's a set of hazards around the blind bend.
The problem there is the way speed limits are set these days. In many places they're set with little consideration of what is actually a safe speed, which essentially encourages people to exceed the limit. If speed limits were set more realistically then they would be obeyed more often.
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Heads up, 1mph over and if caught you will get 3 points and a fine = to your weekly income.10mph over and 6 points with 150% fine.20mph over, 6 points and 200% fine.The new gatso cameras will flash at 1mph over.
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Heads up, 1mph over and if caught you will get 3 points and a fine = to your weekly income.10mph over and 6 points with 150% fine.20mph over, 6 points and 200% fine.The new gatso cameras will flash at 1mph over.
Force dependent; GATSO don't set the threshold.
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Force dependent; GATSO don't set the threshold.
Maybe so, but at least with Derbyshire they, like Yorkshire are prosecuting at +1mph. The A6 is getting all the old ones replaced and the new speeding fines are heavily enforced along some sections.
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