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i drive the speed limit and am constantly honked at, given the finger, passed illegally, dangerously tailgated. i interpret the speed limit to be the speed which is the "limit", not the speed at which one can drive 10 miles above. i understand that engineers design the roads and help determine the speed limit, as well as the structures and pedestrian traffic on each roadway, so it seems wise to abide by the speed limit. and i figure that if i get into an accident, i would prefer not to be speeding and add insult to injury with a speeding ticket. why are other drivers so aggressive towards me for driving the posted speed? anyone have any opinions about this topic? (i'm sure i'll be blasted from some of you, but i can take it. i might even change my driving habits if presented with a persuasive opinion.)

Fri. Sep 15, 10:46am

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You are right the speed limit is the speed limit, and in general all should go the speed limit because of the reasons that you noted. But now let me give you this: You are on a 6 lane road in Atlanta,GA you are driving 55 because that is the posted speed limit (not because of design, not because of ped. traffic because GA state law says if you are in a large city, actually there are guidelines based on the number of people in the surrounding city, then speed limits are imposed,) if you go 55 on this 6 lane road you will get run over. Probably my biggest suggestion to you is, don't drive on roads that you could be involved in a road rage incident because you are driving the speed limit, if you are on a road were you are getting passed and it is possible that you are going the speed limit but you are not with the flow of traffic, go ahead and step it up just a wee bit as to not cause an accident.

Friday, September 15, 2006, 11:17 AM

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I understand your point and position. The posted speed is for safety, for drivers and pedestrians. I try especially hard to stay slow when I know it is a school zone or a lot of people may be out crossing the street. It is frustrating when people are zooming by me in a school zone. It's really not worth getting to work three minutes sooner if I get a speeding ticket, or hit a little kid crossing the street.

That said, I still speed on the highway...

Friday, September 15, 2006, 11:20 AM

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yes, good point. i do actually stay with the flow of traffic when forced to drive on freeways and even major highways. however, i find going 45 on small streets in the morning on my way to work, in an area riddled with deer, just seems to piss people off. i am not willing to put myself in jeopardy just to avoid bothering someone else who is driving and wants to speed. am i alone?

Friday, September 15, 2006, 11:21 AM

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An additional note about highway driving - the speed limit varies from state to state also. In MI, most roads are 70 mph speed limit. It also seems kind of random when it changes from 65 to 55 and back again.

Friday, September 15, 2006, 11:22 AM

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You make the decisions for your vehicle

I'd say, just grow a thicker skin. If the limit is 65 and you're doing 65 in the slow lane -- not in the fast lane -- then the guy (why is it always a guy?) who comes up behind you flashing his lights and honking for you to get out of his way has his own problems. (Unless, of course, he is driving an ambulance!) They don't have to do with you.

This really IS a safety issue, as is following distance. For instance, I'm often driving a heavily loaded pickup truck for work, and I know the speed at which it will handle when loaded, and the distance which it will take me to stop. I drive accordingly. Don't let another driver bully you into driving your vehicle as if it was a sports car. He is not behind your wheel.

Now, just to add to the rant -- my "favorites" are the guys who, when everyone is in bumper-to-bumper traffic, are flashing and honking and swearing as if there was someplace for everyone else to GO to get out of their way. Guys, if your wife is in the back seat having the baby, pull onto the frickin' median!

A lot of the people speeding through residential areas only do it because they don't live there. They would never drive that speed in their OWN neighborhood, where their OWN kids live. Kudos to you if you are as respectful everywhere as you are at home!

Friday, September 15, 2006, 11:40 AM

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op here. don't get me wrong, i do not let it bring me down or make me feel inferior or like i am the one with the problem-at least not usually. but i wanted to get others' perspectives because i'm not positive that this hasn't become a sort of passive-aggressive way for me to deal with stress. you know, pissing people off lawfully but knowingly...and sometimes feeling pretty righteous about it.

Friday, September 15, 2006, 11:49 AM

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Actually based on reliable information that I have, most of the stop sign runners and speeders in neighborhoods, is actually people IN the neighborhood....

I don't know if they have kids or not.

Friday, September 15, 2006, 11:54 AM

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sounds clandestine...

Friday, September 15, 2006, 1:13 PM

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comment on OPs post of 11:49
You are not alone!!!
I too will sometimes just purposely go closer to the limit just to piss someone off...depends on the situation though...and what sort of day I'm having! Usually though, I just let them fly around me - zig zagging through all of the traffic - because they are obviously in a huge hurry to get to my exit 2 seconds ahead of me!
There are some areas where you know they issue lots of tickets and I make sure that I stay at the limit there. Usually though, on the freeway I am doing a reasonable 5 over like the majority of the other drivers. Occasionally I find myself doing 10 over (bad me!) but what floors me is that there are people riding my ass because they feel the need to do 15 or 20 over. If I can I let them pass - those are the road rage people that I don't want to piss off!

Friday, September 15, 2006, 1:35 PM

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ooooh! it drives me batty when someone is riding my bumper in hopes of-what? in hopes of "bullying" me into going faster? isn't traffic just a part of driving? people seem to feel so entilted sometimes!

Friday, September 15, 2006, 1:38 PM

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