Tracy, notice how SDOT will run their 6 months starting in fall to run through the winter to assess collision data. Cunning indeed. Pick the worst part of the year. I suppose it has it's merits.
2 Much Wine - The posted speed limits are far too slow. That is the point of all of this.
Julie.. this is just what I knew and now it's been officially confirmed:
"...the relationship between travel speed and speed limits indicates that the percentage of violators increases when speed limits are lowered and decreases when speed limits are increased."
Just to give you all some scope, and this is just observation. I lived in Europe for 25 years. Learned to drive in England at the age of 16 in manual 5 speed car. I had my fair share of shunts and accidents at a young age. I then bought a very high performance car... needless to say, more trouble followed. I then took the responsible position of signing up for some brutally advanced driving courses, including handling circuits, skid pans, track time and very intense driving in the open country side, with one of the best drivers on this earth I have ever had the pleasure of sitting next to. He taught at Hendon and Stafford. (Two of the top UK Police driving schools in the country) I literally got my ass kicked. It was miserable for weeks.
But I realized how much about driving I did not know. And its not all about speed. In fact that is at the lower end of the list of skills acquired. Safety was instilled to levels that would make joe public cringe.
Just some highlights of other country's speed limits for you all:
UK : Motorway (Interstate for the US) 70MPH.
Now here is the interesting part as far the Police are concerned and what they use for a guid line in stopping some for speeding...
"Fixed penalty range is 86-96MPH, any thing over 96MPH is serious" So, every one can cruise all day long at 86 in a 70 and you wont even raise PC plods eye brow. You have to be clocked using VASCAR at an AVERAGE speed exceeding 86mph over a 1/4 mile distance before the blue and reds come on in the rear view mirror.
Germany: No speed limit on the Autobahns (Interstates for the US) but they are now imposing a speed limit of "86MPH in heavy rain and for night driving."
Now, having said all that above, the standards of the initial driving tests in Europe are far higher than here in the US. If you increase driving standards here, then accidents will fall dramatically. Just my personal opinion.