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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 1st February 2006
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From the BBC report.........

But he added: "In West Mercia, clear guidelines which ensure that all advanced drivers know what they can and cannot do when driving vehicles above the posted speed limit - in accordance with national training guidelines - have been circulated."

The guidelines allow for officers to exceed limits, but never to drive at more than 120mph.

Ah, well that's OK then! They can hoon around at 120 rather than 150 and we'll all be safe
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Yep - returned for retrial...
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While 159mph is pretty high, the issue still remains that accidents are more often caused by inappropriate speed, which could be as low as 20mph in the wrong place at the wrong time. Most speed limits are arbitrary - the Motorway limit was introduced eons ago to help reduce fuel consumption at a time of great shortages. What's that got to do with safety. In terms of vehicle (and probably driver) capabilities, 70mph then is probably the equivalent of 90mph now.

Of course, "rules is rules", but it was an empty motorway at 02:00. I'd rather the speed laws were relaxed rather than just nailing this guy (if they do).

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