Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: San Francisco, East Bay
"Are you shocked by the way Americans drive? I spent 2hrs behind the wheel Sydney to Hunter Valley and didn't see any cars doing anything but creeping a bit above the 110 km speed limit... even here in Singapore they speed like anything"
One thing that amazes me is there seems to be absolutely NO road side speed cameras here. Back in the cities of Australia they are everywhere and the cause of much debate as to their benefit. The Government will tell you they are detering drivers from speeding, and therefore they are less likely to be involved in a serious accident and injurijng themselves and other motorists. But most will tell you that they are nothing more than revenue raisers or "Road Side Cash Registers" They are EVERYWHERE in the UK also, a lot of them fixed. So i guess they work in slowing down the traffic, however there has been recent studies suggesting that they may actually cause more accidents than what they save because it's gotten to a stage where drivers are paranoid about the speed they are doing that they are watching their speedo more than they watch the road. In Melbourne for instance, you'll get fined if you go only 3kph over they limit and get points against your license.
California could solve the budget problem overnight if they put half a dozen cameras along the major freeways here and fine everyone just $10 for speeding lol. NO-ONE here seems to drive at the speed limit. When i first drove here i tried to stick to the speed limit, as that is what i'm used to doing, and i got left in the dust lol. So i just figured... when in Rome Etc etc