tommy525 wrote:Lets keep in mind that laws are made for the common denominator.
I hope you're not suggesting what I think you are! You mean we should all be locked up for our driving discrepancies?
Which one are you owning up to first on your list. Running a red? Speeding? Parking on red? Not buckling up until after the vehicle was in motion? Driving under the influence? Not paying your insurance on time?
If we were all held accountable to statute laws, then we'd all have criminal records by now for dangerous driving.
Actually you may be surprised to know that I have never run a red light, but have been caught for speeding a few times in taiwan and the usa and have paid the price and now am very law abiding in my driving. I can be said to have driven under the influence in taiwan if speaking strictly of the very strict limits now in place. But i most certainly do not drink and drive anymore due to the very strong consequences of even slightly being over the strict limits.
Im not saying i aint sinned against the traffic laws, we all have im sure. But the laws are designed for the common man. They are a bit too strict for many. But then they are not always enforced to the T.
Case in point in the bay area. The limit is 65 but most drive closer to 75mph. You do risk a ticket at 75mph but most cops will let you slide, but to be safe(r) i drive at 70mph mostly. And while this is technically over the limit, most cops wont pull you over for doing 70 in a 65 as almost everyone is also at 70 and many are over that. But I was pulled over in the city limits for doing 30mph in a 25mph zone and fined 250 dollars !! So sometimes they do stick to the letter of the law.
And at that time it was near midnite and absolutely no other vehicles were on the street. I endangered nobody by going 30mph instead of 25mph on that rather large two lane. And yes i felt it was not right to ticket me in that instance but laws are made for 24/7 and for the common man.
I think a lot of limits should be set higher though. LIke I think Taiwan freeways should be set at 130kph as the max (with tickets forthcoming if you exceed 140kph). And maybe this will happen in the near future...maybe.
Doing what the motorcyclist was doing is considered reckless driving in most any country. And its because freeways are not meant to be racetracks. He should practice that while on a race on race track where others are also professional talented riders. The general public is not up to those standards.