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Old March 21st, 2008, 11:27 AM   #381
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I hope the police is not checking speed on R56 (CZ). I often go 220 kmph there since I'm always late when picking up my girlfriend.

No fine till now.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 12:48 PM   #382
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In 16 years living in the Netherlands I have had one speeding fine for doing 40 in a 30 (construction) zone.
I usually don't speed and if I am over the limit then it's very marginal ie: 50 zone - up to 60 but usually between 49 and 52. 80 zone - up to 90 but usually 80-83. 100 zone up to 115 but usually 100-105. 120 zone - up to 130 but nearly always right on 120.
I originally come from NZ and got my drivers license when I was 15. During my teenage years I picked up quite a few speeding tickets. Like most young drivers I liked to push the limits. I may sound like a hypocite but there is alot to be said for limiting teenage driving. Drivers tend to become more responsible from around 24-26 years (has alot to do with frontal lobe development I believe).
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Old March 21st, 2008, 02:05 PM   #383
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Hmm i always drive too fast, but i only got one ticket so far, for doing 7km too fast. Usually the Dutch government goes for easy cashing, because the far majority of the speed tickets are for under 10km/h too fast, so that has nothing to do with traffic safety.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 02:17 PM   #384
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majority of the speed tickets are for under 10km/h too fast
Do You have no speed tolerance over there in the Netherlands?

In Poland we have like 10 - 15 km/h tolerance
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Old March 21st, 2008, 02:17 PM   #385
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I agree. Alot of speed cameras are placed in areas where a higher speed would be quite acceptable.
There are quite a few arterial roads in NL with a 50 limit where 60 or 70 would be more appropriate.

Regarding traffic jams. An awfull lot of traffic jamming is caused by drivers driving too fast. The electronic variable speed signs above the lanes are designed to limit jamming but people just ignore these, race on and then enter the conjestion by braking hard.
A simple experiment. When I'm traveling on the A13 (a very busy motorway that is offen conjested) I stick to the right lane (with all the trucks and slow vehicles) when entering conjestion. The traffic in the right lane tends to travel far slower and closer to the given speed on the electronic signs. When entering the jam I see traffic in the left lanes breaking hard and coming to a full stop. The traffic in the right hand lane continues to move at about 30km/h passing dozens of cars that had previously overtaken us.
In general I find the delay in the right hand lane to be somewhat les than in the left hand lane and the frustration level far less.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 02:28 PM   #386
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How many tickets did you guys get for speeding past year?
No ticket since I got my driving license, about 10 months ago. I mostly stick to limit, except on freeways or when there's a senseless road construction limit (like 30km/h on a rural road when there are only 2 poles next to the road )
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Old March 21st, 2008, 02:50 PM   #387
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This video does not quite fit here, but I don't know where else I should put it. Anyway, in this video a man is chasing a drunk driver and talking to the police on the phone, giving information. At the end the police comes and stops the car. The driver was a woman with 2,8 permilles of alcohol in her blood.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 03:27 PM   #388
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As for 2.8 per mills she was driving quite straight And she even pulled over

I once had the same situation in Poland but with a truck driver and the road had no shoulders I called the Police but soon the guy turned into a dirt road somewhere so i dunno if they ever found him
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Old March 21st, 2008, 04:07 PM   #389
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Few years ago, Czech police caught a guy driving with nearly 8‰... I still cannot believe it!

This is an article describing the issue, CZ only

http://zpravy.idnes.cz/ridic-naklada...5015_krimi_mad
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Old March 21st, 2008, 04:41 PM   #390
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  1. City: around 70, on 2x2 or wider roads or when I'm late even 100 -110 (speed limit 50 and 70/60 respectively)
  2. Regular roads: 120 - 130 (max 90)
  3. Expressways: 140 (max 110)
  4. Highways: 140 - 160 (max 130)
  5. Highways in Germany: 160 - 220
I receive the impression that you don't seem to know what the term highway actually means. And when you write something like regular roads does this mean that any other road is irregular? Surely not.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 04:47 PM   #391
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I don't agree with the Danish speedlimits much - but I usually stick to them anyway rarely exceeding them with more then 5-10km/h in the citities and 10-15km/h on freeways..
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There are too many 110 limits in my opinion. For example near Kolding or something. You can't even see the city, why is it limited to 110?
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Old March 21st, 2008, 04:53 PM   #393
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I've had a license for 3.5 years, and I've gotten into the police twice. Once for being in a park after hours, and once for not stopping fully when turning right at a red light.

Never for speeding, FYI, I usually cruise at 80 mph/130 kph, traffic permitting.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 08:58 PM   #394
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There are too many 110 limits in my opinion. For example near Kolding or something. You can't even see the city, why is it limited to 110?
110 km/h used to be the old speed limit on freeways - they finally raised it to 130, but in areas with heavy traffic or winding roads they desided to keep the old or use 120.. sadly this goes for most of Copenhagen

As about everywhere else most drive 10-15 km/h too fast and I geuss that's whey they don't raise it as people would then drive even faster..
On the positive side no one is fined for "speeding" 10 or 15 km/h too fast - atleast not that I have heard of in years, instead the Police only targets people who violates the law enough to get point's reduced on their driverlicens.. and that takes a lot when it comes to speeding...
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 04:38 AM   #395
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I used to excessively speed. I used to do about 150 all the time so long the limit was over 80kmh, but now because of the street racing law in Ontario I keep it under 50 over. Now I try to stay at about 60-70 in 50 zone, 70-80 in 60, 85-95 in 70, 100-120 in 80 and 120-130 in 100. I think that the limits on freeways in Ontario need to be raised to 120 atleast.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 11:46 PM   #396
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^ Yeah, 100 km/h is nothing for Canada. I can't drive so slowly even if I just drive 5 km.
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I usually do not drive faster than 130 on the motorway. Faster is a waste of fuel. I once drove the German A1 from Bremen to Hamburg, and this BMW fly by me with at least 160km/h in heavy traffic. Every time he had to slow down for an overtaking truck or slow car, and 70km further, i could still see him, while i didn't go faster than 130.

Driving fast is only effective on long distances with light traffic. Otherwise it's only frustrating and a waste of fuel, because you have to slow down all the time.

For me, the German A31 is a nice place to check out the max. speed of my car. My '94 Corolla managed to reach 190km/h, but my current '95 306 only goes to 165km/h. But the advantage of my car is that it's very fuel efficient, doing 130 on the autobahn only consumes 1 liter to 17 - 18 kilometers.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 12:23 AM   #398
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Seems like I'm in the minority on this forum (that is sticking more or less to the speed limits).

In Germany I usually stick around 130-135.
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Nothing is more relaxing than doing 150 km/h in the 6th gear.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 03:09 AM   #400
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I live in Spain and the "autovías y autopistas" (motorways?) speed limit is 120Km/h and people usially drives at 100-140 (there are more people driving at 100 that at 140), I usually drive at 120-130 Km/h, here they aren't very strict if you drive a bit speeder than the speed limit but they are very strict if you drive very speedly (in fact the radars/speed cameras on 120 places only catch vehicles driving >132Km/h, the people usually drive at the speed limit on know radar places, its usual to see heavy traffic on this zones on peak hours, because the gov. says that the radars have this speed limit because its error margin but i've a friend that was driving with him Citroën C4 with the automatic speed control at 120km/h in a 80Km/h zone and the radar's photo marked 120 so I think that the radars are very accurate).

In urban zones the speeds are usually lower than the speed limit (usually 30-50) except in 20 zones where the speed is usually 30-40Km/h.

In toll motorways the people usually drive very fast althought the limits remain at 120, thats because most of those motorways are very new, straight, with asphalt in perfect condition, without heavy traffic and without police or radars, easily someone may advance you (if there are someone besides yourself in the motorway hehehehe, here the people only pays if there isn't a free motorway alternative) while you are driving at 180Km/h.

I haven't had any fine in my 2 years driving life, and the police have never stoppted me (but there are police because I know people who has been stopped 3 times in a less than 20km trip for alcohol&drugs tests).

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P.D. Now in Spain driving at 110Km/h or more in cities (where the limit is 50Km/h), at 180km/h in conventional roads (where the limit is 90-100km/h) or at 200km/h on motorways (where the limit is 120km/h) is considered a crime and you can go to the jail (3-6 months or fine from 360 to 144.000€, 1-3 months of works to the community and the driver loss his driving licence from 1 to 4 years), this is similar for drunk drivers, reckless drivers and drivers without licence).
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