This Video Shows Why Law Enforcement Lies To Justify Revenue-Generating Speed Zones

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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.

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  • Alan

    It’s all a bunch of nonsense. Speed traps are about raising revenue the same as helmet and seatbelt laws. Once again, it’s all about control, not safety.

    • Libertarian58

      The media plays along by ALWAYS mentioning whether speeding, helmets or seat belts were involved as if these are the ONLY causes of accidents. Brainwashing at full force.

      • Alan

        Exactly Libertarian58! The media is totally complicit in their approach to the matter. Like you said, it’s all a form of brainwashing designed to alter human comprehension of the subject matter.

  • Cliffystones

    Speed, in and of itself, is not dangerous IF you are actually driving your car. The same folks who can’t chew gum and walk at the same time insist on texting, talking, reading from books, magazines, etc., shaving, eating food from a plate (yes I’ve seen it!). Anything to pass the time except responsibly operating their motor vehicle.

    At what about “slower traffic keep right” and “keep right except to pass” is such a complex concept for folks who think the L/H lane is their private touring lane?

    • Alan

      You’re absolutely right Cliffystones! Most accidents are caused by drivers who minds are not focused on the road. Like you, some of the crap I’ve witnessed people doing whilst driving terrified me. One time I was passed by some dude who was performing a full clothing change-over at about 70 MPH! Unbelievable!

      • Cliffystones

        Alan, Tx Jim,

        I’m glad I’m not the one who “gets it”. Folks learning to drive also need a short course in basic mechanical physics. They don’t realize that they are in command of 2,000 pounds-plus, and the consequences of their actions/inactions.

    • TEXAS JIM

      YOU ARE SO RIGHT ,,MOST OF THOSE IDIOTS NEED TO BE FINED HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS FOR DRIVING IN THE LEFT HAND LANE OF A THREE LANE ROAD,,,READ MY LIPS OR KMA…

  • Gerald

    Don’t want a ticket; DON’T SPEED. It’s really that simple. I travel over one hundred miles a day round trip to work. I’ve done it for over 21 years and haven’t had a speeding ticket.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      Yay, Gerald is an enabler. Did you get your enabler badge, Gerald?

    • Libertarian58

      I suppose you would do just about anything the government ordered you to do, right?

    • Bill Hartman

      And if they asked you to collect people’s valuables before they entered the gas chambers, would you do that as well?

  • Eagle525

    Add the cameras at stop light to the revenue generating scheme … all politicians are COOKS .

  • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

    The people must complain about these “speed trap” sections of road to their state representatives & they must do it in mass and non-stop until a change is made. In Hudson, FL, state route 52 was a 6 lane divided highway plus turn lanes with a speed limit of 50 mph that further down the road became a 2 lane undivided highway with a speed limit of 35 mph in some sections & 40 mph in other straight sections. The state turned 5 miles of this 2 lane section to match the 6 lane section but did not change the speed limit. Tickets were being given out like candy on Halloween. But with a thousand complaints a month being sent to the state representatives, the speed limit on the new section was raised to match the speed limit on the original 6 lane section in about 18 months. So people, make your voices heard loudly & often to get results. It may take a while, but you will get results for “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

  • ONTIME

    There is a stretch of road in my area where they have bumfuggled it up because they cannot agree on who will maintain or improve the road, the speed limit is like idiots delight, the frustration rate is obvious and the government has increased the accident chance by a bunch…but the politicians just think it’s dandy…

  • gregzotta

    It is about the REVENUE, not safety. Governments want the money, and they get their revenue from taxes, fees and fines.

  • Jurgy

    the majority of problems in society originate with the gov’t …

  • Libertarian58

    And yet another fine example of the rampant abuse of mindless statutory laws. Here in Utah, areas of the freeways were raised to 80 mph as an experiment and guess what. . . the accident rate went down. Speed is not what causes accidents, but it brings in 15 billion dollars annually to the coffers of law enforcement and insurance companies.

  • dan

    …next : silly seatbelt laws being enforced by a useful idiot standing on the side of the road with 2-ton pieces of metal hurtling by (only inches away ) at great speeds…
    .telling me I should worry about safety….sigh

  • IBCAMN

    the first question out of my insurance companies mouth is,”when was your last traffic ticket?”when i tell them it was 1976,they go on a question quest,asking me”are you sure?”or”how can that be?”and then i tell them my truck is my secondary vehicle and don’t drive it hardly at all in summer,they get all messed up and want to know about my motorcycle and who insures that!then they try to get me to bundle them together.well,here in Wisconsin,you can insure your vehicles by the mile!they hate this because i don’t pay as near as much as they want!as for speeding,just know the language of the cops and what to ask them and how to act,you don’t get tickets,and if you do,fight them!any of your tickets!most times the cops don’t show and the drop the ticket!they rely on you just being sheep and doing what they want you to do,pay the ticket and shut up!
    but when you fight these tickets,it drops revenue for the cops,make them come to court like they make you!
    it’s all about money,period!this country is sucking your wallets dry!

  • Motov

    As a bicycle rider, the two most dangerous things to watch out for are people who pass you and suddenly make a right turn in front of you, and people pulling out of parking lots. It may surprise some here that it is safer for me to ride at night than broad daylight. Mainly because of my headlight. I have a strap-on LED headlight that is very bright, and on my backpack I carry one strand of Christmas lights. I also carry extra rechargeable batteries in the back pack. My tires have highly reflective white walled tires. I am well noticed.

    Driving, I discovered doing the speed limit gets you pulled over more often than exceeding the limit by 5 mph,… doing 10 mph and over is asking for trouble.