In a BIVV (Belgian Road Safety Institute) survey 29% claims it’s OK to exceed the speed limit on general roads with 10 km/h, on highways 22% of the respondents think it’s fine to exceed the limit with 20 km/h.
Why is it so difficult to, once we agreed as a society on traffic rules, to stick to them? The other weekend was a fine example of this issue. We had to take the car out to pay a visit to family. The roads were, due to snow fall during the day and the frozen melts water in the evening, the most slippery I’ve experienced over the last years. The highways were due to the icing salt quite doable, but even under these conditions a considerable percentage of drivers considerable overruled the speed limits. To quote Bob Dylan: ‘It’s unbelievable, it’s strange but true’ (Unbelievable from Under the red sky, 1990). And to the policeman, where were you with your speed camera’s on moments like these? In the name of road safety the treasury could be enriched by large amounts!
The benefits of the application of speed rules seems obvious to me: road safety, less fuel consumption, courtesy, a more relaxed journey, less traffic jams due to accidents,… Let’s go for it!