Indeed it is, we hear it at every turn, speed kills, speed kills, speed kills, like an irritating, incessant baboon asking for some hot lead. Lots of people are killed on our roads every month and still the constant droning from our moronic authorities is, speed kills. The reason why that message is failing to reduce the number of road deaths is because it's part bullshit. You see, according to them if you go over the speed limit, you'll go up in flames and die.Drive - Safety expert for Mercedes says strict speeding laws are not the answer to lowering road tolls. ...The vice president of safety development for Mercedes-Benz, Ulrich Mellinghoff, says crash avoidance systems, better roads and more roundabouts would do more to cut the road toll than tougher speeding laws. The approach is in direct contrast to state governments in NSW and Victoria, who have been preaching the "speed kills" mantra as the number one panacea for the road toll.
Well, I've driven over Australia's national limit of 110km/h in plenty of other countries and I ain't dead, lots of clowns speed on our roads in really dumb ways and they manage to live and that's what undermines the message that speed kills, it simply does not kill all the time. There was a fellow who got arrested in a Bentley not long ago doing 240km/h or something and he didn't die, so there goes their dumb message blown to pieces.
The latest message from our authorities is an ad with a truck driver telling his fellow truckies that they are now measuring average speeds, so you can't just slow down for the cameras and speed up after that. In the ad the driver says that he's a good driver because he always watches his speed. Gee that makes us feel real safe, don't worry about the road, never mind the other cars, never mind the rain, the bends and what not, just watch your speed and you'll be right.
I saw a program on the autobahns over there, it's amazing how much maintenance and care goes into those roads and it's all so that you can travel safely at eye-watering speeds, if you so choose. Compared to them, the roads we have here are damn goat tracks, I can count on one hand the number of roads without potholes I've driven on in Australia." In Germany you can drive as fast as you want. I don't think that speed alone is the problem. It's the wrong speed in a special situation. With speed limits you will not stop those situations. If you have fog and drive at 100km/h, which is allowed, you are really in high danger of having an accident. On the other hand, if you drive 250km/h on the German autobahn in clear weather conditions with no traffic, it's not really a risk and no accidents happen in those situations," he says.
The other problem with our road laws is the one-size-fits-all approach, so essentially you can be driving a high performance sports car with ceramic brakes, high performance tires that cost more than an old car but the state considers your car the same as some old piece of shit Daewoo or a 1970s jalopy. And don't get me started on how pathetic our driving license test is, you'll fail the test if you can't reverse park the car, but no problem if you can't actually stop the car in an emergency stop, go figure!
Having said all this, I know it's really just a waste of time trying to get the speed limits raised or the roads improved. We're run by incompetent retards who put irritating cyclists amongst the cars and tell us to hold hands and share the road, so they wouldn't know a good idea if is kicked them all in the ass at the same time. Besides we're pretty much broke and can't pay for shit, let alone improve the roads.
So just jack up the volume and avoid the pot holes, until the bastards try to outlaw that too.