Speeding Tickets and Public Safety or Big Business!
Public safety is an important issue in all societies. The general belief is that speeding tickets save lives and speeding tickets are written in the interest of public safety. This may have been true at some point in the past before speeding tickets became BIG BUSINESS.
After a 14-year study in the UK, it was finally admitted that speed cameras have a negligible effect on road safety and their road toll dropped by 21% the ensuing year after they turned off half the country’s 6,000 speed cameras?
We must also bear in mind that most cars are built with so many safety measures nowadays that they are can stop very quickly in an emergency, even when at high speeds.
In Germany, where there are no speed limits on their autobahns, the road toll is much the same as in other European countries, even though their weather conditions are much worse than most. Therefore speeding in itself cannot be blamed for our road toll
It is now very clear to the general public that the majority of speeding tickets are written to raise revenue for the state, not for safety. If safety was the main worry, the police officers could act as a deterrent by showing their presence and not HIDING behind walls and bushes, jumping out at all hours of the day and night! The problem is that if the Officers did this, the state would lose the millions that it makes from the innocent public victims going about their daily duties. Continue reading