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You might think that speed limits are set for safety. You would be wrong.

Posted by Tom Hudson | Dec 03, 2016 | 0 Comments

In America's driving culture, the rules we follow (and break) most often are speed limits.  Speed limits control traffic and keep us safe.  You would think that there was some safety science behind the numbers on those speed limit signs.  Surprisingly, though, there isn't much.  Under the Uniform Traffic Code, the speed limits are set according to how fast traffic actually moves along a particular road.  According to the Code, the speed limit is set at a speed so that 85% of the traffic moves slower than the limit and 15% moves faster.  That's right.  The Uniform Traffic Code anticipates that 15% of us will be breaking the law.

So what actually happens is this: The speed limits are set according to how safe people feel driving at a particular speed on a particular road.  The speed that people actually drive determines the speed that people are allowed to drive.  For more, here is an article from the Five Thirty-Eight blog.

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