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What is the New Zealand government doing a speed limit study in the USA for?
1 posted on 11/24/2003 1:11:14 PM PST by SLB
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What is the New Zealand government doing a speed limit study in the USA for?

Ford's got a new Kangaroo coming out next year.

2 posted on 11/24/2003 1:14:35 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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And why do they keep shifting back and forth between total fatalities and fatalities per million miles driven?
3 posted on 11/24/2003 1:14:56 PM PST by dirtboy (New Ben and Jerry's flavor - Howard Dean Swirl - no ice cream, just fruit at bottom)
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More crap gleaned from an extortionist industry that would have you paying $5000 a year for car insurance and limited to 10mph.
4 posted on 11/24/2003 1:15:19 PM PST by agitator (Ok, mic check...line one...)
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As I recall high school physics, force increases with the square of velocity.
5 posted on 11/24/2003 1:15:47 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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according to a report released Monday by an auto safety group funded by insurers.

Nothing like some non-biased numbers to fuel your study, hmm?

That's like getting gun stats from the Brady Center.

6 posted on 11/24/2003 1:16:16 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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That was the first thing that popped into my head too...

I didn't really look into it but does it take into account the morons who don't go 75 and get in the way of the ones who do?

I'm willing to bet money most of these accidents are caused by someone slowing down in the left lane or moving into the left lane without looking.

7 posted on 11/24/2003 1:16:18 PM PST by nuffsenuff
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What is the New Zealand government doing a speed limit study in the USA for?

I was wondering the same thing..

8 posted on 11/24/2003 1:16:41 PM PST by just me
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Gee! Did someone do a reprint of the same study that came out .... what? .... 30 years ago?

And HOW MUCH did that cost us this time around?

Can you say "PLAGIARISM"??
9 posted on 11/24/2003 1:16:45 PM PST by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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Well then if slower is better we should lower the national speed limit to 20mph everywhere. Then we would be really, really safe.
12 posted on 11/24/2003 1:19:06 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun)
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For most of human history we only moved around 3 miles per hour. It was good enough for our founding fathers, it should be good enough for us.

Let's all be really safe and demand our government reduce all speed limits to 3 miles per hour and fix cars so they can not exceed this speed limit.

Think of all the lives (especially children) that will be saved and all the traffic cops that can find something else to do (buy Krispy Kream stock) with their time.
14 posted on 11/24/2003 1:19:54 PM PST by Blue Screen of Death (,/i)
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Think of how many lives we'd save if everyone drove 5 mph. Why don't we just set all the speed limits to 5 mph, then?
15 posted on 11/24/2003 1:21:09 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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Since the vast majority of fatalities occurr at night, the most important advancement in automotive safety would be the elimination of headlights.
17 posted on 11/24/2003 1:22:14 PM PST by norwaypinesavage
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Because if there in notjing of real importance to add they can always beat a dead horse.
18 posted on 11/24/2003 1:22:27 PM PST by bert (Don't Panic!)
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Drive a SUV!

The life you safe may be your own!

19 posted on 11/24/2003 1:22:34 PM PST by TexasCajun
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Couldn't be the 12 million illegal aliens who never even had a car in thier own country! Now with no experience they are on our roads. Should be much higher when you think about it.
21 posted on 11/24/2003 1:25:17 PM PST by big bad easter bunny
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Cutting the speed limit to zero would eliminate vehicle fatalities completely.

Outlawing walking outside would eliminate death from a variety of causes.

In fact, outlawing childbirth and conception would eliminate any deaths from ever happening, once the current generation died out.

The issue isn't the elimination of risk. It's the elimination of the freedom to decide for oneself what risks are worth taking. Every action, or inaction, involves risk. Deal with it.
22 posted on 11/24/2003 1:26:02 PM PST by sourcery (This is your country. This is your country under socialism. Any questions? Just say no to Socialism!)
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Good question. This is typical USA Today BS, compliments of the insurance industry. That industry, of course, would prefer that we all left our cars in the driveway or, if we MUST drive, never exceed 15 mph.

All objective studies have concluded that neither speed limits nor actual speeds at the levels talked about here have anything to do with changes in highway death rates. Modern cars can be driven quite safely on modern highways at speeds of 80 or 85 mph. The only variable conclusively linked to the highway death rate is miles traveled. When we drive more miles, there are more highway fatalities. DUH!

Obviously, there are bad things drivers do that increase the risk of injury or death for themselves and others -- driving impaired (by alchohol, drugs and cell phones), driving at speeds significantly above or below the rate of traffic flow on that road at that time, driving on worn or under-inflated tires, weaving in and out of traffic at high speed, driving at speeds unsafe for road conditions, just to cite a few examples.

However, the lazy-assed state troopers who sit on the side of the road on clear sunny days (God forbid they should spoil the crease on those trousers by doing it in the rain) blasting away with their radar guns and lasers are doing precisely nothing about any of this. They are just making the insurance companies happy, by giving them an excuse to raise rates, and keeping the state coffers full. Traffic safety is their justification, not their concern.

27 posted on 11/24/2003 1:33:07 PM PST by blau993 (Labs for love; .357 for Security.)
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...by an auto safety group funded by insurers.


28 posted on 11/24/2003 1:33:22 PM PST by NY.SS-Bar9 (BOYCOTT HALLMARK)
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What is the New Zealand government doing a speed limit study in the USA for?

They're bitter that they don't have America's Cup anymore.

29 posted on 11/24/2003 1:35:20 PM PST by jpl
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Not a word about Montana, which has the highest death rate per million miles driven and until 1999, had no speed limit at all. The death rate has actually risen since speed limits were imposed.
30 posted on 11/24/2003 1:36:27 PM PST by CholeraJoe (Daddy, how many US soldiers have to die in defense of Freedom? Daughter, if necessary, all but 9.)
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