Art Vandelay wrote:The statistics on "alcohol-related" traffic accidents are severely overstated, and even with that, speed is by far the number one contributing factor in fatal traffic accidents. We could save far more lives by making it illegal to produce or drive cars that go more than 60 mph than by taking every drunk driver off the road.
Drunk driving is a dangerous, stupid, selfish, etc., etc. thing to do that costs way too many lives and I wish nobody would ever drive drunk again, but its impact is overstated by the government, the media, and groups of MADD.
The difference is though that the idea proposed in this thread is at least realistic. There is no way that any law is going to be passed in the near future eliminating the ability to produce cars that go faster than 60 mph. Part of the reason for this is that government wouldn't necessarily believe it to be that much of a safety improvement (there are roads with speed limits of over 60, meaning clearly they think in some situations it's okay to drive faster than 60). Another part is that speeding tickets are such a high source of government revenue that they don't want to lose out on all that money. If cars can't go faster than 60, obviously people can't speed on highways (which is where most speeding tickets are issued), and there goes a big part of the revenue. I'm not saying that it's right for the government to prioritize revenue over safety, but it still does occur.