There cannot be 35 different ways of interpreting that piece of news. If it doesn't suggest that speed limits are a scam — or at the very least that they are (far) too low — you can call me King Alfred the Great.
Not only is there a clear racket associated with the radar scheme — if this does not fit the definition of the word extortion, than what meaning does that word have? — but governments of all states and countries and on all territorial levels could be charged with going against their raison d'être (the protection of the populace) and making the road more dangerous for all.
What is the first cause of mortality on highways throughout the world, and certainly throughout the West? Contrary to what Kim du Toit and many of his readers seem to believe, it ain't speed (speed kills, right?). It is drowsiness. It is sleepiness.
What causes sleepiness, or drowsiness, if it's not a sleep-inducing speed limit (or, rather a sleep-inducing slowness limit)?
How old are these
Why were speed limits introduced in the first place? For safety reasons? No, they were introduced on purely economic grounds — in response to the OPEC-created oil crisis of 1972 and 1973. Throughout the West, the measure came with promises that it would be dismantled within a year or so — certainly one of the most egregious example of bureaucratic creep in the history of the world. (Why would Americans agree to so low, to so ridiculous, a limit as 55 mph unless it was because it was believed to be a temporary measure?).
Now, a word for Kim du Toit and all the people who reflexively defend the authorities — I am speaking of those I call the Allyagottado folks — who, normally (apparently, with this exception), are people on the political left (Allyagottado is respect the speed limit, Allyagottado is never pass 55 [or whatever] mph, Allyagottado is spend two to three hours more on the road (while increasing the number of vehicles on said roads and therefore the risks of a bottleneck and therefore those of an accident), Allyagottado is not fall asleep at the wheel, Allyagottado is not be (never be) late, Allyagottado is — humbly — pay your (well-deserved) fines, etc):
The basic thought of the Allyagottado folks, the true wish and desire of the Allyagottado folks — whether they are among our leaders or among the population —is that citizens are, or that they should become, automatons, robots.
With airbags, ABS brakes, and other modernities, shouldn't the speed limit be raised (albeit only on highways, of course)? On Germany's Autobahn (no speed limit at all on most of the network), after all, driving up to, and past, 100 mph is a lark, and the Germans have lower death-per-million fatalities than many other neighboring EU countries.
What people do not realize is that the vast majority of people who get tickets for speeding don't do so because they have been careless or unconscious or dangerous or scofflaws. On the contrary, most of the time they have been perfectly responsible.
Indeed, the very reason that the vast majority of drivers are ticketed is PRECISELY because they are acting responsibly, conscious of the environment and concentrated, with their eyes are fixed on… the road.
Think about it.
Responsible driving for any person using his brains and common sense, is 1) looking primarily at the road and 2) watching out for moving entities (other vehicles, pedestrians, animals, etc…) — which signal the presence of humans or other living beings.
What the Allyagottado folks demand is for us to 1) look primarily at the interior of the vehicle (the dashboard and its various tachometers) and 2) watch out for fixed objects (traffic signs, etc), lifeless objects with no soul.
Which way of driving is the most intelligent?
Which of the two drivers is more caring for his fellow beings?