Enforcing Speed Limits

By Chandrashekar (Chandra) Tamirisa, (On Twitter) @c_tamirisa

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Issue

Enforcing speed limits on American roadways are a source of significant revenue for Federal, State and Local governments. At the same time, these governments must allocate resources at tax payer expense to generate this revenue. The cost of administering speed limits including penalties can be substantially reduced through self-regulating automotive technologies.

Relevance to the people

1. Speeding is the cause of accidents, fatal and non-fatal, among drivers of all ages.

2. Accidents cost money for all those involved, including good drivers, by transferring at least some of the cost of insurance from bad drivers to good drivers.

3. Speeding is especially a concern for parents of young drivers, in high school and college.

4. Driver penalties such as tickets by roadway patrol for speeding can be prohibitive especially when they raise insurance costs and restrict driving privileges.

5. Performance of government police officers is dependent upon their ability to enforce speeding laws.

6. Legal costs from driving violations due to speeding also contribute to the overall cost of enforcement.

What the Local, State and Federal Governments should do?

1. Auto manufacturers must be regulated by the Federal government to electro-mechanically set the maximum speed on cars and other vehicles to no more than 5-10 miles greater than the highest speed allowed on the fastest American highway.

2. Parents and adult guardians of minors must be able to set lower maximum possible speeds on cars driven by minors for in-city driving.

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