Would Lowering the Speed Limits on Highwasy Actually Make Driving Safer?
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Would lowering the speed limits on highways actually make driving on them safer?
I never really gave much thought about how much speed limits can affect safety. Growing up, it was drummed into my head that speed kills. It wasn’t until I moved to Germany that I was able to even challenge the phrase “speed kills”. Being able to drive at any speed I want on the Autobahn has produced thoughts that completely destroy the phrase “speed kills”. So… Would lowering the speed limits on highways actually make driving on them safer?
If you were to ask a medical doctor that question, I’m sure the answer would be yes. The higher the speed a vehicle is traveling at, the more damage its energy may cause. According to LLLL, The medical community has been trying to lower the frequency and severity of crashes for years. Dr. Haddon, and others in his field, says that speed is a two-pronged aggravator of human harm on roads. “The higher a vehicle's travel speed, the greater its likelihood of becoming involved in a crash; the higher the impact speed when a crash occurs, the more severe the injuries”. The medical community isn’t the only group of professionals that stand behind lower speed limits on our highways. There are several other groups that want speeds lowered for reasons that have less to do with our safety.
Insurance companies, police agencies, state transportation departments, and national safety organizations would have us believe that speed limits are a critical