I must admit that I routinely go above the speed limit. Not because I'm a reckless driver or that I'm just out there to go fast, it's just that the speed limits are posted too low.
Before you skewer me, let me explain.
I've noticed in my many years of driving that about, say, 75% of the drivers here go approx 10km over the speed limit. 10% go the speed limit or lower while 15% are 10km or above. This is from personal ovservation... not fact. I have a coworker here that swears by the law, hates tailgators and laughs at those who speed by him only to catch up to them because of a traffic light. Yet, when we go out for lunch and he's driving I regularly notice that he's doin' 65 in a 50 zone, 50 in a 30 zone... and we're getting tailgated while the traffic ahead of us is pulling away. Go figure.
I've noticed many law-abiding drivers who are *oblivious* to the traffic around them. For example, on hwy 1 going from Vancouver to the Port Mann Bridge, I can guarantee that you will run into one of these people blocking traffic. This hwy is 6 lanes wide, 2 lanes dedicated for carpool and transit. That leaves 2 lanes for general use each direction...guess where these drivers are? Yeah, in the left lane. Guess how many cars are 100 meters infront of them? None. Guess how many cars are 100 feet behind them?... nearly everyone trying to pass. Some drivers are so pissed off that they take risks trying to pass. Unfortunately, sometimes they get into an accident and you hear it's "speed related" when the underlying cause is the slow driver.
then I head down to Seattle to visit some friends. Wow, speed limits are much faster... is it because the Americans are better drivers? Hell yeah!
When I approach a slower driver in the left lane, they magically pull over! WTF? Hey, I see a driver coming up behind me, I'll just pull over and let them pass. Hey! this is fun... What's this karma I'm experiencing?
And hey! They got road signs for you well ahead of the exit... not like here where the road sign to tell you where you need to go is posted pretty much where you need to exit.
My point is, just because a person is driving fast doesn't make them a moron. They're probably thinking you're a moron for driving so slow and holding up traffic. All you have to do to help stop road rage is to pull over if your driving slower than the "flow of traffic". Simple! If you got a tailgator, why not pull over? You can still pull over on the shoulder if it is a single lane road. If you got a two lane road that merges into a one lane road and you got somebody beside you who is slightly infront... why are you speeding up?
As a final note, speed has nothing to do with anything except cops. I have never seen anyone who was following the flow of traffic (which might be higher than the speed limit) and get singled out for a speeding ticket. If you are going down a hwy at 100 when the speed limit was 90, is that automatically considered dangerous? If the speed limit got raised to 100, is it still dangerous now? Dangerous is when the driver is driving above their comfort level... not due to speed limits.
Holy cow! I wrote another essay.