Thursday, March 30, 2006

I Can't Drive 55

Ever wonder what would happen if everyone actually drove no faster than the posted speed limit on a freeway? Then you'll want to check this video out. Amazing stuff.

55: A Meditation On the Speed Limit Around the Perimeter

(contains PG-13 language)

9 Talked Back:

At March 30, 2006 at 2:00:00 PM CST, Blogger Jim said...

egocentric little group of SOBs -- they proved nothing, inconvenienced thousands, delayed who knows how many emergency vehicles -- and, of course, broke the law by leaving the scene of an accident--

Georgia has a five mile over the speed limit legal tolerance -- so if 55 is posted, you can do 60 and NOT be breaking the law


At March 30, 2006 at 4:43:00 PM CST, Blogger J.D. said...

I've commented elsewhere that this video proves nothing. This doesn't show what would happen if everyone drove 55. It shows what would happen if everyone drove 55 and blocked traffic by driving in parallel. The fact is, they'd cause just as much woe if they were driving side-by-side at any speed. A 55-mph speed limit is not stupid. I'm not saying it's right or that it's smart, but it's been thought-out and developed by better minds than those that made this video. The minds that made this video are clueless that if they'd each driven 55mph and kept natural spacing, nobody would have given a rat's ass.


At March 31, 2006 at 8:45:00 AM CST, Blogger stan said...

Not only did they leave the scene of an accident (which was actually caused by someone else's illegal actions due to selfish impatience), the driver of the van who hit the parked car left it as a hit and run.

If those people had all been doing 60, or 75, across the lanes, people behind them would still be just as impatient, in a false hurry to get where they're going. Emergency vehicles? if there were any in that pack, they'd have cleared traffic with lights and sirens, just as if it was bumper-to-bumper traffic doing 15 mph.

Inconveniencing thousands was the point. At least they were driving at the high limit instead of the minimum speed of probably 45.

Yeah, they should have kept natural spacing, so that clueless, lead-footed idiots could have unsafely woven between them, maybe causing an accident that would block the lanes, inconveniencing thousands.


At April 1, 2006 at 8:48:00 PM CST, Blogger Jim said...

(d) No two vehicles shall impede the normal flow of traffic by traveling side by side at the same time while in adjacent lanes, provided that this Code section shall not be construed to prevent vehicles traveling side by side in adjacent lanes because of congested traffic conditions.

The Georgia Code


At April 2, 2006 at 3:16:00 AM CDT, Blogger stan said...

I guess that'd be why Dave and I got pulled over by six cop cars that one time. :)


At April 3, 2006 at 12:25:00 PM CDT, Blogger h-i-p said...

I still think that was a great video. We should try it sometime.


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