Should the Speed Limit in Ontario (or Anywhere else in Canada for that Matter) be Increased?
As I was perusing the National Post this morning I came across a nice little video discussing the pros/cons of increasing the highway speed limit in Ontario. It doesn't talk about a massive, revolutionary increase, rather a mere jump from 100 to 120 km/h.
First and foremost, we need to ask ourselves - how fast do we actually drive on the highway? Are we following speed limit restrictions so as to avoid costly tickets and drive safer? For those of us that follow the 'rules', are we role models to be admired by fellow citizens, sending the wholesome message that it's better to chill out, take your time and abide by the rules? Or are we conversely (and let's face it, more realistically) annoying our fellow highway companions into fits of road rage as they try to dangerously pass us, give us the bird and then thrust their vehicles into a sea of highway chaos?
It's a delicate matter - no doubt about it. And to be honest I am a bit on the fence on this one. On the one hand, I believe and know that speed kills - we need to drive more carefully.
On the flip side, and let's face it, we all drive faster than we 'should' so why not just legalize a faster speed limit so that we can all, literally, move on? And as I am sure everyone can agree, the last thing we want is to be laden with a hefty ticket after finding a great car rental deal - it kind of defeats the purpose of finding the cheapest car rentals. All the money goes into paying a darn fine.
Slower, safer roads with frustrated drivers paying hefty fines or faster speed limits, with the increase chance of accidents but 'happier' and more punctual drivers? What do you think? I'd love to know!