In my subdivision we have tried to get people to slow down. It is impossible.
Speed signs and electronic signs are ignored and when you wave at someone to
slow down they usually flip you the bird. Speed traps set up and literally
hundreds of tickets are given out. However, it won't slow people down. One
lady got a ticket in front of my home and then ten minutes later she got another
ticket going back past. It doesn't seem to register. If I drive 25 in the
subdivision I get tailgated and honked at. Add cell phone usage and texting and
it is very dangerous. As new neighbors are moving in with small children they
are becoming more active in trying to get people to slow down.
A curious thing about speed and driving. I used to commute hours before I
retired. I sometimes noticed a workmate cutting in and out, speeding up in
traffic, while I had developed the habits of "old man driving". 50-60
mph, usually 55. Slow acceleration, defensive allowing others to cut in, snail,
turtle like, lots of coasting. He only beat me to work by a few minutes. Even on
long trips speeding does not gain you any amount of time. I'm not saying to
drive like me, just know all the race track skills you exhibit will not amount
to any great time savings and is it worth your life. Try a few simple math
problems of 5miles under the speed limit and 5 miles over the limit. Nothing
significant. You can race me to the same red light and we all wait together.
What have you gained?
I go to Primary Children's Hospital from Pocatello many times a year. About
the time I hit Ogden I start to go white-knuckle on the steering wheel. I lived in SLC in the late 70's and early 80's and things
weren't like this at all. I think the speeding would be less of a problem
if the interstates were engineered better. I get the feeling when they were
designed in the late 1950's no one believed that the Wasatch front would
become so populated. I-15 from Ogden to the 6th No. area is just busy but from
that point to Point of the Mountain is nothing but a suicide track. Lanes
suddenly merge, then more lanes appear, then disappear. For natives it might be
drivable, but for those of us from another state, it's scary.Add to that a dozen or so cars that are going 85 mph or more doing
serpentines, changing lanes with no warning and no use of their brakes.I grew up in DC and the Beltway is far easier to navigate and far less scary.
I wish that the DN would not try to prevent readers from viewing these videos on
YouTube. I would love to see how many views this video has. The desire that the
DN has to control everything about how we view these videos is maddening.
Please don't misinterperet my message. I often drive through Utah enroute
to Idaho from Colorado. Once I turn north onto I-15 I am the only car that
never seems to pass another vehicle and I drive the speed limit. Perhaps it is
because I am older, perhaps it is because I don't like getting a heart
start whenever I see a police car with it's lights flashing, perhaps
it's because I know it matters little if you are wearing your seatbelt and
driving over 75 miles an hour. 3 collisions occur, 1)the vehicle with the
object it hits; 2) the bodies inside the car with the insides of the car and 3)
your organs with your skeletal frame. Over 75 m;h and they all lose.
Don't be in such a hurry, please take the counsel of an old duffer.
@Washcomon: I agree that not everyone will see this ad; however, it's our
responsibility to share it through social media. If you have Facebook, or
Twitter...post it like crazy and then it would be others' responsibility to
share; it starts with one person.
Too bad this ad will not be seen by everyone, nor will the message resonate with
all. One of the most broken laws of the land is speeding, yet it is
"approved" because it is too hard to catch and cite those who do so
unless it is very flagrant.
I really like this ad campaign. It needs to be shown in High Schools, Religious
Groups, everywhere. The after affect needs to be shown as well. I know there
would be more questions with a before and after ad because the realization after
the accident has more affect because of decisions made. Before the accident
took place the driver hitting can only image what may happen and all he sees is
himself hitting the other car with no possible solution. Whereas the person
being hit has other issues to look at. So many observations can be taken from
Sadly, I expect not much change in the normal attitude many Utah drivers have
already.Even with this *scary* report.*It is not going to happen
with me**Oh well, I have not been caught speeding yet*etc, etc.Call me a pessimist, but I can actually claim that I have been accident and
*ticket* free for over 25 years now.Simply because I try as hard as I can
NOT to exceed the speed limits and slow down in bad weather conditions and at
night.Just my opinion, and whoever does not agree with me, it is his or
her privilege to do so.
I liked it because there were multiple messages in it. The father needed to look
both ways better before pulling out, the viewer saw the oncoming car through his
side window. The speeder needed to slow down and we all need to be extra
cautious when our children are in the car.