To think it's not big or clever to be caught speeding?

(78 Posts)
SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 09-Dec-12 20:48:15

Or indeed to be speeding at all, whether you're caught or not?

Prompted by someone on my FB (sorry!) who posted a status practically bragging that he'd been caught doing 95mph on the motorway but 'got away' with only 3 points. A good half a dozen people replied with comments along the lines of 'oh, you're so naughty' hmm and one posted to say that this bloke is lucky as when he'd been caught doing 105mph shock he was fined £400 odd quid. Somewhere in the middle of all this the OP admitted that he's already done a speed awareness course so must have been caught speeding previously. Clearly the course works then hmm.

Am I being unreasonable to think that being caught speeding isn't a fucking badge of honour?

StickEmUp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:30:57

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SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 09-Dec-12 21:32:04

Lifeissweet maybe we do have the same FB friend. If there is someone on your friend's thread disagreeing with him in no uncertain terms, that is me. <waves>

Redbindy Sun 09-Dec-12 21:33:36

FutTheShuckUp - BMW wanker, it's designed to do 130MPH, in Germany that would be legal. More grey matter - BSc(Hons) & MSc in different disciplines. Please refrain from ad hominem attacks.

StickEmUp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:34:47

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uptheamp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:35:09

i remember watching a programme about how much safer european roads were compared to ours, was really interesting, we just don't seem to want to invest in making roads safer even though fines and tax is increasing. Europe seems much more progressive that the UK in that sense.

StickEmUp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:36:22

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SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 09-Dec-12 21:36:45

We aren't in Germany though, RedBindy. The UK has speed limits on motorways. People should stick to them. If they don't want to stick to them they can always fuck off to Germany.

FutTheShuckUp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:37:21

Wow you have a bsc and masters! Well that means you couldn't possibily be an idiot with your views about speeding!

uptheamp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:37:57

people just don't stick to the limits though, driving at 70 just isn't the average speed a uk driver drives at on the motorway

Redbindy Sun 09-Dec-12 21:41:15

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BumpingFuglies Sun 09-Dec-12 21:41:40

OP, are you in Germany?

FutTheShuckUp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:44:16

So what do you think your chances are at stopping in time to avoid an accident at 120mph are?

xkittyx Sun 09-Dec-12 21:46:28

Actually, most European countries have more deaths per 100 000/year than the UK. I think only the Netherlands and or two of the Scandinavian countries are safer. The UK is one of the safest countries in the world in for driving and far safer than Germany.
Accidents are both easier to avoid and easier to survive at lower speeds. The speed limit is there for a reason and you have to be breathtakingly entitled and selfish to drive at 120mph on a public road where there are other road users.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 09-Dec-12 21:48:25

No, I'm in the UK Bumping.

BumpingFuglies Sun 09-Dec-12 21:49:29

Redbindy - people die in accidents all the time. However, the faster you go, the less stopping time you have.

BumpingFuglies Sun 09-Dec-12 21:50:58

Soft - I thought so - just clarifying since other posters are talking about Germany.

alemci Sun 09-Dec-12 21:53:13

have you noticed people the amount of people who undertake on roads as well. They seem to think they are so clever doing this but isn't it really dangerous.

I think I wouldn't be boasting about something like that.

specialsubject Sun 09-Dec-12 21:55:02

clearly everyone who advocates raising the speed limit also feels that petrol is too cheap.

drag goes up as the square of speed.

If everyone drove in the correct lane it wouldn't be possible to undertake though. I've been in situations where I'm in the slow lane doing 70 on an empty road and some prick is in the middle lane doing 60, so I have to either undertake or pull out into the fast lane to overtake them. I'm never sure which is safer.

Redbindy Sun 09-Dec-12 21:57:46

BumpingFuglies - Wow, I'm so glad you posted.Until now I always thought that stopping distance was inversely proportionate to speed. Did I mention that fast driving was a lot more fun after a few ciders and a spliff?

uptheamp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:58:00

but the fact is that people do not keep the limits now, everyday i drive at 70 and people whizz past me. (mostly audi drivers) the limits are not working as people abuse them daily so what's the point really?

januaryjojo Sun 09-Dec-12 22:00:07

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bureni Sun 09-Dec-12 22:01:13

Simple solution is to restrict cars via their engines to a max speed of 70 mph or to the max limit of the country they are driven in, its easy to do.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 09-Dec-12 22:03:03

I am gobsmacked at the amount of people who undertake. I would love to be a plain car police driver and catch the fuckers. Just for one day.
Tell your 120mph safe story to one of my friends whose son has just died as the result of a tail ending cunt.

SledYuleCated Sun 09-Dec-12 22:04:05

Also, whilst the car may be able to 'safely' go at 120mph, roads have been designed with a 70mph limit in mind, things like the angle of bends, cambers and inclines.

German autobahns are a different kettle of fish to British motorways.

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