Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: San Jose, CA
Bikes: Bianchi San Remo - set up as a utility bike, Peter Mooney Road bike, Peter Mooney commute bike,Dahon Folder,Schwinn Paramount Tandem
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I am all in favour of tightening education and licensing requirements for motor vehicles, however, I believe that the most important factor is in how the laws are enforced. Here in the US, many motor vehicle laws are not rigorously enforced, which leads to confusion in the motoring public on what the laws actually are. If one were to read the law, one would think that the speed limits posted on roads were the MAXIMUM speed at which one could travel. Observation of motorist behaviour is clear - these are MINIMUM speed limits. Just try driving 20mph in a 25mph zone and see! Similarly cell phone usage in my locality is so widespread that it is surprising to see a motorist with two hands on the wheel. How many motorists STOP at stop signs, here they all roll through them.
In France they joke about the fact that they have the hardest driver licensing program anywhere, with months of training and difficult tests to get before you are allowed to drive a car on the public roads - this program produces some of the worst drivers in Europe.
Tougher driving tests will not solve the problem.