From: James Sikorski Jr. PA Advocate National Motorists Association
Sadly, the speed kills myth is alive and well in Pennsylvania. A real 25-state analysis was done of NHTSA data, which showed that 1.6% of crashes are caused by excessive speed. Barely above zero, then.
Nowhere does anyone ever put into a bill that speed limits must be posted at the 85th percentile free-flowing traffic speed. This is so that the ticket industry can thrive. Set the limits too low, ticket barely above them, get municipal radar and speed cameras, then watch the money flow in. Since this is still not enough, the state now wants LIDAR and moving radar. You can expect more crashes, safe drivers cited, and lots of erroneous tickets with poor policies.
The mentioned devices flopped elsewhere and will here. The state wants money, whether from red-light cameras, speed cameras, stop-arm cameras, or municipal radar. Multiple media outlets stated that after red-light cameras were installed in Philadelphia, crashes went up, yet people still say they went down. Be careful who you listen to with traffic issues.
Maximum safety on roads occurs when we have speed limits posted to the 85th percentile free-flowing traffic speed, yellow traffic lights set to actual approach speeds with realistic perception and reaction times, and stop signs only where needed.
In the meantime, we ignore issues like distracted drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Please contact your state representative, state senator, and the governor to oppose the above in Pennsylvania and demand best-practice engineering. Tickets should also be only points, no fines or surcharges.
1.Speed limits in PA are posted well below the accepted standard of the 85th percentile free-flowing traffic speed. State lawmakers are targeting the safest drivers. Low speed limits and strict enforcement CAUSE crashes.
2.Radar makes errors and also cannot tell which car made a reading, if any. Look up the “state police Radar gate scandal” and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences presentation on radar. Moving radar can have even more chance of errors. LIDAR also has problems.
3.Tickets can be issued barely above the speed limits at +6 mph.
4.Ticketing is a business. Many entities get a cut. Make traffic violations POINTS ONLY, with NO money, and see who wants radar.
5.Speedtraps are frequently done where speed limits change, on hills, turns, using unmarked cars, while cars are passing, etc. Why would this be?
In addition, the term speed-related has no official meaning, so the result of any data set is what the author desires it to be. PA roads are also different from other states. We have more people, more traffic,many more miles of roads, many 2-lane rural roads, deer,lack of nearby EMS in many areas,bad weather, varied terrain, etc. You cannot compare PA to other states, it is apples to oranges.
PAroads arethe safestever.
How much credibility does PA have when it comes to driving issues? Here is recent news about the red-light cameras in Philly. Some cameras had a whopping 3% accuracy, and the PPA is under FBI investigation. So that would be a 97% error rate!
Speed cameras are also being pushed heavily at this time. Many problems similar to the above issues discussed, plus the errors that have occurred have been quite legendary!
Check out the National Motorists Association.
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