Originally Posted by Nasher
Take the points and shut up. 30 limits in a built up area are mostly there to protect kids that run out into the road without thinking. Bob was doing a lot more than 40 by the sound of it, so You're 'mate' Bob is a w*nk*r.
That road is clearly marked as 30, anyone who can't see the signs, or is prepared to steam past everyone else who has slowed down, is not only a complete prat, but shouldn't be allowed on the road anyway.
Whilst I agree with most speedlimits (note use of the word: most), and have converted from my admittedly extremely fast driving style to now driving most built up areas at 20, I think you're being a little harsh.
Yes, the road in question has the speedlimits extremely well marked. However, the road does not have any cars parked down the edges (which generally hide kids before they run out), the houses are set back on drives with a wide pavement in front of them, and the road is 2 lanes each way, with a central reservation. At the speed camera in question (assuming it is the one just on Northam bridge, which sounds like the most likely one) there are no houses, as it is a dual carriageway bridge.
The speed limit on that road is extremely inconsistent with speed limits on more dangerous roads, with cars parked on the road, short driveways, and even schools, and the road certainly does not drive easily at 30. Most drivers (including the police car that went past me the other day - not under lights/siren) take this road at about 40mph, and rapidly brake for the speed cameras.
To tar every single driver that exceeds that speed limit a wanker is a little strong - I agree that the speed limit should not have been broken, however if you haven't been in that area often, perhaps driving late night/early morning when their are few other cars, and fewer hazards, it would be easy to see why the road seems like a 40. Joining roads even have small slipways onto this road!
Prat, yes. Prat for speeding, prat for getting caught on a road so clearly marked. Shouldn't be allowed on the road? Well, I would qeustion that. Maybe there were no other cars around to guage speed from, and Bob was in the outside lane, giving him more time to react. There aren't any suitable crossing spaces for anyone to run over the road, and nor is there anywhere nearby kids are likely to be playing. It could have been that 40-45mph was in fact safe given available conditions, so I wouldn't judge just yet!
Tim, perhaps you could get Bob to confirm what time of day he was speeding, what speed he braked from to get to 40, and whether it was a weekend, during school hours, late night etc, and how many other cars were on the road?
Then perhaps people can reinforce the message of take the points, and stop speeding, with full knowledge of what the circumstances were. If it was past 3pm on a weekday, especially one of the wet days we've had recently, I would wholeheartedly agree with all of Nashers judgements.