Road safety is not to be taken lightly. Each year, thousands die on American roads, with driver error as a leading cause. Throughout motorized history, one of the prime ways used to curb deaths has been through speed limits. But are today's speed limits too low? We see both sides of the argument, even though we yearn to live in a world where we can go as fast we want (we hear that place is called "Germany"). More importantly, are speed limits set intentionally low so that – *gasp* – municipalities can make money off of ticket revenue?

This video, by Six 7 Films, doesn't advocate for a world without speed limits. Rather, the Vancouver-based film takes a hard look at what it calls artificially low speed limits that exist for no other reason than to line the pockets of insurance companies, governments and fuel media hand-wringers. It also suggests that roads might actually be safer if people were moving a bit more quickly. The spot isn't all doom-and-gloom seriousness, though, as it features a few entertaining pop culture references from Super Troopers, Back To The Future and The Simpsons. Even the inimitable George Carlin makes an appearance. Take a look below at the video, and the let us know what you think about the state of speed limits in Comments.


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      Proghog
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was going to post the link of a piece ABC News showed that was called The High Price of Speed Traps about month ago but it has been removed from their site. Hmm wonder why? http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/high-price-speed-traps-20011923
        b.rn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Proghog
        This one works: http://news.yahoo.com/video/high-price-speed-traps-154032267.html
      FloppyRunner
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hahahaha... 4:31..."Old people and Toyotas"...
      Jeff Gilleran
      • 1 Year Ago
      Excellent. Thanks for taking the time to make this. Funny, and quite informative. :-)
      Nicole
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course, speed is always a factor in collisions and deaths. Think about it: If there was no speed, nothing could collide...
      Stephen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Common sense shows that actually investigate facts are not watched by enough of the population to make a difference. I wish it was not the case. I watch for John Stossel shows like "Supid in America" or the "In the Classroom". They seem to be more about the facts and ask the view questions instead of telling us what to think. Wish more "news" was like this. Investigate all the facts and give it all to us, not just the parts that support a particular message.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry about my last comment. It was a little bit extreme: that's why it got deleted. I'll try to rephrase it. The speed limits are there for a REASON. They are there to PROTECT you. Not all cops are complete tyrants who want to take your money. By ticketing you, they are doing you a favor: protecting you. If you don't want to be ticketed, don't speed. Don't give them a reason to ticket you. IOne of the mistrusts in this video is that German roads are safer than America ones. They aren't. I have a patient in my clinic who is originally from Germany. He says that in order to pretend that they're better than everyone else, including Americans, the Germans use a different method of counting traffic deaths. As a result, traffic deaths in Germany are purposely misleading. Traffic deaths are under-reported. In reality, the likelihood of dying on a German highway is 3 times more than dying on an American highway. THREE TIMES. This just proves the point that SPEED KILLS, SPEED KILLS.
        Rampant
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        So to sum up your argument in a single phrase it would be "Speed kills because some guy I know says that reported statistics are wrong." Hell man, that's all the proof I need! We need to drop every limit to 20 mph instantly! It's all worth it if we save just one life. Right?
        FuelToTheFire
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        correction: *one of the HALF TRUTHS". I was commenting on my phone and was searching for a word but couldn't find it; I eventually went for "mistruth" (not even a real word) and my phone autocorrected it to "mistrusts". THIS is why AB needs an edit button.
      paulr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Watched the whole thing and it was incredibly interesting, needs to be watched by more Americans!
      b.rn
      • 1 Year Ago
      We need more commentary like this on a lot of topics that the media (and others) run away with.
      Dvanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah man this is so true, Car and Driver magazine had a similar article a few years ago which confirms this in the USA as well.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't need a funny video to note that speed limits are artificially low to enhance revenue. The basic solution is petition/law change as well as recall of officials that allow artificial low speed limits. We get the officials we elect...and you're welcome.
      Worx2749
      • 1 Year Ago
      Excellent piece. 85th percentile should be the law, not some contrived, unrealistic number. Those who drive UNDER the 85th percentile(and who aren't in the right lane) are often the cause of accidents, with cars trying to get around them. Q: are radar/laser detectors legal in Canada? Somehow, I don't think so. They'd go a long way toward easing the financial repercussions of overzealous law enforcement.
        Hek!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Worx2749
        They are legal in SK & AB as far as I know.
        Corey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Worx2749
        Radar detectors are legal in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. They are illegal everywhere else in Canada.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Worx2749
        How can 85th percentile be law? How do you set the speed limit of a brand new road? As driving habits change, the limit would have to change, and how often would it need to be updated? It's a nice thing to say, but there needs to be a explicit analysis method to determine appropriate speed, not merely an implicit method of observing and then adjusting.
      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Eh, all I got from that video were some funny movie quotes at opportune times and a ton of very, very flawed research. Moving on...
        willied
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin
        Please explain what about the research is so flawed.
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