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Old 02-10-2003, 10:27 AM   #1
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Looks like I'll need a Mille-R and a plane ticket, so I can give you all an in-depth MO report on how the new speed limits (hehe.... speed limits in Italy) work.
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Old 02-10-2003, 10:42 AM   #2
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I thought this quote was interesting: "Lunardi went on to say that psychologists and doctors say people who go faster drive better and are more careful..."



As a speeding motorcyclist of course I believe this is true. But, I dunno, is it really an argument for raising speed limits? When people who are only comfortable at slower speeds get swept up in a 93mph+ traffic flow, will they really drive better?
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Old 02-10-2003, 11:21 AM   #3
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Old 02-10-2003, 11:33 AM   #4
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They were already in a 93+ mph traffic flow, the increase will just help to reduce the speed gap between the really slow drivers and the typical Italian.
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Old 02-10-2003, 11:45 AM   #5
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Difference is, in Italy, as in most of western Europe, nobody gets his/her license from a box of cracker jacks. I doubt that there are many Italian drivers/riders who are not already comfortable at 150k/h.



As much as it would benefit me personally, it would scare the crap out of me to have US limits at 90+ mph. I can just see a recent Drivers Ed graduate cruising at 95 in a clapped out pickup, jacked up 6" with worn shocks and tires, while talking to his friends on his cell phone! Oh wait, around here, I see that all the time anyway. Never mind.



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Old 02-10-2003, 11:46 AM   #6
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You need someone else to go with you, don't you? To take photos and write up a counter-point article?



I can be available on short notice.



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Old 02-10-2003, 12:33 PM   #7
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I thought you said you left Utah.



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Old 02-10-2003, 01:05 PM   #8
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Left Utah for someplace even MORE rednecked!



Difference is that here they are more likely to also have an open beer bottle in the other hand.



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Old 02-10-2003, 01:19 PM   #9
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In a related story, South Carolina has recently inked a deal to provide a new series of border-posted speed traps along every road larger than one lane that crosses from Italy into both Germany and France. Both countries, at the recommendation of the SC State Patrol Colonel, will be reducing their national speed limits to 13kph.



Said French President Jaques Shirac, "Haw, haw, haw, we French usually face west so we can thumb our pointy little noses at the abnormally hygenic Americans pigdogs (and because when facing west, we can more easily take it up the rear from Germany). But today, we are pleased to announce a free box of doughnut shaped croisants flavored with possum and deer for our new Carolinian brothers-in-arms. Vive la Redneck!"



In a more coherent press release, German chancellor Gerhardt Schoeder noted that in addition to south Carolinian State Patrolmen, state magistrates will also be imported. "Ve need ze money, ya. So everyone comink from Italy will going 80kph above the speed limit. Ze fines will be huge, ya."
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Old 02-10-2003, 01:45 PM   #10
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You live in TX?
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