Posted: 23/11/2013 at 13:34
Time to stir this up a bit
Speeding isn't dangerous.
Speed limits are arbitrary and bear no relation to road safety ( I cite driving past a school at 3:30pm vs 3:30am as an example) and can find you several examples of roads within 5 miles of my house where the limit has been arbitrarily tinkered with**.
Speeding may be illegal, but it's 'not paying attention' and 'not being able to stop in the distance that you can see' which are the killers (and this is borne out by government statistics) To prevent either of these probably involves drivers slowing down, but the speed to which they should slow down bears no relation to the speed limit; 30mph past a school at tipping out time? Too fast, but legal; 40mph at 0330 when there's no one about to kill; illegal but pretty safe.
Personally, when on a bike, I'll prefer to share the road with a person driving a little over the speed limit but watching where they're going rather than someone doing 29mph who's off in a world of their own.
*tin hat time*
** both up and down. It really is arbitrary. Makes no sense that I drove those roads illegally one day (UNSAFE) but completely legally the next day (PERFECTLY SAFE) while doing exactly the same speed.