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  1. I understand the hidden factor can be unnerving, and its not impossible to be above the speed limit if you are considering other factors around you. A slow truck you wish to pass, boom, speed trap, or a fast approaching tailgater you speed a bit so he doesn’t hit you and, oh boy, a speed trap. Perhaps having a road 3 lanes wide shouldn’t be a 50km/h zone instead of 70km/h but if all things were perfect the traps wouldn’t be there. I’m sure many have had the ticket, hopefully not often, and learned to slow down. Safety is the goal, always has been. Slow people down, so the roads are safer. Some have suggested its a cash grab, I disagree, the charges are often reduced as are the fines, as long as you admit to it.
    If they want to make money, the best place is a mall parking lot where they can nab about 4-5 fire lane loiterers an hour. They are a good thing, and they are better if before a school zone, because I cannot count how many I see daily speeding through school zones as though they have no idea the children they have put at risk.
    I will also thank Sgt. Burrows for asking my opinion on a blogger that had the anti-speed trap posting claiming safety was not the priority. He was wrong.

  2. Dan Mosey says:

    Let me start by saying that anyone on the Province of Ontario who has the Privilidge of being a Licenced driver knows at what speeds the law requires them to travel at ( 50 km/h in a built up area and 80 km /h in a rural area UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED). Since every car has a speedometer, this is not rocket science. When police operate radar, the purpose is to monitor speed compliance with those established rules. We don’t lay in wait to “trap” people at random. Those that are stopped are failing to comply with the rules. Quite frankly, it should not matter whether there is a setup there or not… Drivers are expected to follow the rules.
    What’s the most frequent question I am asked when I stop someone for speeding? “How fast was I going?” Funny, you’re the one with the speedometer!

  3. DriveSmartBC says:

    Ha! I once “hid” behind my cruiser parked at the roadside with emergency lights flashing to run laser. I could still write them as fast as I could get back to the laser…

  4. Alex Sudz says:

    Generally, in urban/residential areas, I find speed limits completely acceptable, and in residential neighborhoods, I find the unmarked 50kph too fast.

    I understand that Rules are in place for our safety, but I believe, in this case, some of these rules were set for reasons that no longer exist.

    Highway speeds are a fair bit to slow, and here’s my, and many many others thoughts on the matter:

    In the past, and in most countries adopt the “85% rule” for setting speed limits – as in a speed limit is the average speed of the Middle 85% of the drivers.

    Ontario abandoned this during the energy crisis around the dawn of the 1970’s, and never looked back, The 401 was designed for roughly 120kph. There are stretches of 400 series highway with 12-15km between exits, no turns, no hazards, etc. Except Radar traps below many of bridges. I firmly believe its time to revisit our speed limits on our major highways.

    In 1994, 40 US states raised the speed limits from 55 to 65mph on undivided and some interstate highways – Fatality rates decreased by 3-5%. The reasoning is that a good portion of people (wrongly) disregard the speed limit that they feel is unreasonably low, and go at a speed comfortable to them. another good portion of people Obey the limits. Now you have faster drivers and slower drivers occupying the same space – Collisions occur. They attempted to address this with minimum speed limits before raising the speed limits, but the slight increase (16kph faster) lowered accident rates. Ironically, They didn’t notice the original “speeders” driving 10MPH faster once they increased the limit – They just noticed the law abiding citizens travelling at a proper “85th percentile” speed, resulting in fewer accidents and as a result, fatalities.

    Texas has made a new toll Highway with an 85Mph (137kph) limit. The average speed traveled when unobstructed (no traffic) was below the MAXIMUM speed limit.People generally drive as fast as they feel safe to. In this case, it appears the speed limit has been set above the speed that the 85 Percent rule would convey as appropriate – but people drive how fast they would LIKE, and it is below the MAXIMUM speed.

    Canada appears to be one of the few countries where everyone is unofficially expected to go at the maximum speed. If you’d like to prove me otherwise, I would like to see someone drive at the perfectly legal speed of 80kph on the 407 or 401 during a non-peak time of day.

    The highway speed limits in Ontario are set artificially low. Ontario’s Dual Carriageway/Expressway are amungst the slowest in the world. There are FIVE countries that have slower limits, and over 70 that have a higher limit.

    Most of the other countries that have a lower or identical limit are usually lacking major Divided highways (Iceland, Macau, Armenia, Vietnam,) , or a Developing nation, or lack graduated/any sort of licensing/enforcement and vehicle registration.

    However, I am glad to see police enforcing safe driving practices, I have no problem with radar “traps” to enforce safe driving and catch reckless drivers, and monitor community safety zones. There are droves of people out there who lack common sense and need someone else to enforce or artificially apply preservation instincts for them (in this case, preservation of their wallets since they don’t seem to care too much about their lives or those around them)

    Where I DO have a problem is with having lower than justified speed limits so the police can use speeding tickets as a reliable revenue stream to offset other costs. I’d much rather pay higher taxes than drive in fear when I’m just keeping up with the flow of traffic.

    The Ontario government SHOULD re-evaluate the highway speed limits. – But they won’t.

    In 2008, There were 780,152 Speeding tickets issued on Ontario roads.At an average fine of roughly 100 dollars, we’re talking well over 700 MILLION dollars of revenue.

    I highly doubt the law makers will put common sense before dollars.

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