Although produced in Canada, this video by filmmaker Chris Thompson shows that government (on both sides of the border), the insurance industry and the mainstream media all gain by mindlessly reciting the simplistic, decades-old “speed kills” mantra – even though statistics continue to demonstrate that the majority of people drive most safely when they drive at the speed that’s comfortable for them.
Thompson notes that roads with artificially low speed limits see fewer crashes once officials agree to raise the speed limit. In fact, he persuasively argues, law enforcement is perpetuating a hypocrisy by claiming that lying in wait and ticketing motorists is a safety deterrent intended to benefit society.
It’s a bit on the long side – but it’s entertaining and informative. Pass it along.