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The mass of drivers on any stretch of road make a pretty decent collective judgement

I disagree: masses of drivers can make the wrong judgement, too. I remember reading of court cases against driver who were involved in fatal accidents at highway construction sites where this was an issue. That is, the velocity was a factor in losing control or not recognising a danger in time, but the drivers didn't go faster than everyone else.

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by DoDo on Fri May 31st, 2013 at 08:03:36 AM EST
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There should be special signs in place for road work, and with freeways equipped with message signs, as in Los Angeles, the speed limits could be modulated according to weather conditions. That said, the situation was so bad in Los Angeles that, during periods of light traffic, even marked police cars traveled at 75 mph, along with ~95% of the traffic. In fact the danger of precipitating an accident by traveling at 55 or 60 was probably greater than the danger of getting a ticket for going 75, as 95% were doing.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri May 31st, 2013 at 11:18:35 AM EST
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It may be that Americans, with our overbuilt roads and low population densities, feel this problem much more acutely.
by Zwackus on Fri May 31st, 2013 at 09:03:09 PM EST
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