Speed is a small factor into this accident. I saw the wreckage driving
eastbound on the 80 this particular evening.First of all, an
imparied driver doesn't pay attention to speed. So for those that
commented that increasing the speed limit allows impaired drivers to flow with
traffic isn't really valid. In another article, witnesses claimed to have
seen him chucking beer bottles out of his truck in the median prior to entering
the freeway. He wasn't paying attention.Second, to claim that
speed had everything to do with the fatalities is completely disregarding the
fact that this man was drunk, that the fact that the families weren't
buckled properly, and that the drunk man was on the WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD.
Speed played a minor part in this accident because...Third, to say
that "A drunk going 25 mph would not hurt anyone, A drunk going 80 mph
killed everyone." is unrealistic. No one would be driving 25mph on the
freeway. No law will change the limit to 25 mph because the design of the
freeway is to allow faster speeds to those that can obey traffic laws.
An innocent bystander traveling within the speed-limit is not the problem. As
previously stated, the impaired driver didn'r know what was happening and
if that person was going over the speed limit in the opposite direction on a
freeway that is not to have opposite direction high speed traffic, speed is a
factor, no matter what speed. Speed limits are made with basic factors figured
into the calculations and opposite direction on a freeway is not a calculated
factor. However, on a two lane road, opposite direction is a factor as there is
no median or barricades.
Speed had EVERYTHING to do with the fatalities? Are you kidding me?! How many
times have you been traveling when the speed limit was 75 and you set your
cruise control at 80 because we all get away with that "only 5 mph over
cushion" we think we have? Changing the speed limit to 80 mph actually made
most of us within the law. I happened to be traveling that stretch of road
Friday morning and noticed I was quite comfortable with my cruise set at 80 and
so were most of the other drivers, it seemed that the "5 mph over" need
was no longer there. I must say, the speed limit change has not made me want to
start driving impaired in any sort of way and driving the wrong direction,
that's just silly!!! The speed limit change simply made me feel like
I'm getting to my destination a little bit sooner and within the law.
Having flown aircraft for 20 years and investigating many flight accidents,
there is a kinetic energy factor with collisions. There are plenty of
scientific formulas with proven data that show the impact of an impact.
Impairment can be factor but usually the impaired party doesn't know the
real impact of what they caused as they were impaired and can't see the
horror of what they have done. They become cognizant, maybe way after an
incident and still don't understand the terror they caused to the others,
whether on the road, home, work or at school. They push the limit and know what
that is, NOT. They think they know but with impairment, they don't really
know what their capability is that day. Just one drink is all you are tempted
to have, just one. One isn't going to hurt you or other people. You live
in a free country, which means you can do what you want. Speed isn't going
to hurt, especially if you are impaired. Others pick you up and save you for
another day. Seat belts can save lives even though some will argue that seat
belts can maybe kill you.
Speed had EVEYTHING to do with the fatalities.A drunk going 25 mph
would not hurt anyone, A drunk going 80 mph killed everyone.It's a matter of physics, not morals.
@DN Subscriber:"Sorry, the speed limits had nothing to do with this
tragedy."Speeding may not have been the cause of this tragedy,
but speeding is the main cause of tragedy and death on the freeways. For some
strange reason many drivers get it into their heads that, when they get onto the
freeway, they're supposed to barrel down the road as fast as they can. And
everybody is supposed to get out of their way. The unfortunate thing is, the
cops seem to let them get away with it.If everyone would slow to the
speed limit or less the chances of getting safely to a destination rather than
the morgue is greatly increased. Too many times the next time you see your
loved ones is in the morgue.
Sorry, the speed limits had nothing to do with this tragedy. I really
don't think people under the influence would have been going 65, or 75 or
whatever the speed limit was, and the mere fact they were going the wrong way
shows a reckless disregard for the law as well as common sense.If
they were in fact impaired. They should face three homicide charges and be
locked up the rest of their life so they never kill again.
When the State made the decision on higher speed limits, it also allowed
impaired drivers to flow with traffic. To cross the median and then go the
opposite direction in the westbound lane and then to be able to turn around in
that side of the freeway and then accelerate to 80 MPH, he and other drivers
really didn't figure into the higher speed limit change. 36 people killed
in June. What has changed?