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Old 04-29-2002, 06:57   #1 (permalink)
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another letter writer solves the road toll problem

i believed the pollie who decided to ban car ads had solved all our road toll problems. i have read these sort of letters in the paper, and if all these people, and pollie agree, then it must be right. but there was something missing...well here it is...

in todays west australian...a letter writer had dealings with the mother of a 17 year old who had killed themselves behind the wheel. the writer was a claims processor for an insurance company. truly, i have had to deal with grieving relatives in th epast, and it is no fun. to have to deal with this poor woman must have been awful.

but the writer then uses all of their experience and knoledge gained from their line of work to suggest...imposing limits on younger drivers as to the size of their engine. 2 litres and no turbos.

the poor kid who killed himself was driving a 5 litre v8 and crashed at 150 kmh.

problem i see here is this...just about any car is capable of doing 150. some take longer to get there than others, but most will do it. shit, my old escort used to often see that speed and then keep going. when you hit somethign at that speed, it really doesnt matter what your engine size is, and to be honest, i would rather be in a large car than a small one...a slightly better chance of surviving.

i truly hope this doesnt escalate...it wont be long before some dolt works out what i have pointed out above and then decides that 100 or 110 is the speed that all cars should be limited to. after all, that is the limit in most of the country. never mind overtaking on country roads when there is limited space etc...what are you in a hurry for anyway?
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Old 04-29-2002, 07:50   #2 (permalink)
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and say they do limit them to 110, your still preety much dead if you hit somthing at that speed so it ain't going to make much of a difference beside how much of the persons brains are splatted on the windscreen
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Old 04-29-2002, 08:41   #4 (permalink)
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bah. let them limit the speed.

Then, there will be a roaring trade in hacked ECUs, where there is no speed limiter. (Just how many trucks are there out there that claim to be 100 speed limited do more than that?)

I wonder if Falcons fitted with the Option 20 will be speed limited..
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My old mans Charade used to do 150, it took a while but it got there, 993cc of raw power.
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The lotus elise and exige seem to go okay and they only have 1.8L engines..

S2000 ain't that slow either..

A 2L Camira would easy get up to 150Kmph at which point it would be more dangerous than a SS commodore at 170...

These are band aid solutions for decapitated people. Why not offer better road education (not just speed kills), better licencing, better roads... Nup too expensive, we will just try a bunch of things that won't work..
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You forgot one thing from that comment ...

Nup too expensive, we will just try a bunch of things that wont work, but will make us money in the meantime.
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Why not offer better road education (not just speed kills), better licencing, better roads... Nup too expensive, we will just try a bunch of things that won't work..
Better roads too would help. They have much higher speed limits in Europe on Autobahns....
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