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Old 04-24-2012, 11:19 AM   #18
Bullet Ride
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I liked the system I saw on the highways in Italy while I was there last fall. Their highways have variable speed limits. Wherever there was an on ramp/merge lane there would be a reduced speed limit of 70-90km/h depending on how short the merge lane was. These zones had speed cameras which forced everyone to obey the speed limit (within 10km/h). Having everyone travelling at a constant speed made it much smoother and easier for trucks or slower cars manage merging onto the highway. Once the merge zone was passed speed signs would ramp up to 90km/h and then 130km/h. However as everyone knows this system will only function if drivers use proper etiquette. If the government is worried about losing revenue from speeding tickets they can make up for it by handing out tickets to people riding the left lane in situations where traffic volume isn’t a reasonable explanation.
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