Speeding on blind curve matter of bad attitude

There is a blind curve near my home. Very few drivers obey the speed limit, and many cross the centerline.

Let’s do the math: Two 3,100-pound vehicles, going 32 mph each, crash head-on. All their kinetic energy goes into injuring or killing the vehicle’s occupants and damaging or destroying the vehicles.

What is an energy equivalent comparison? One person weighing 160 pounds jumps off the roof of a 1,326-foot-tall building headfirst, arms and legs straight for maximum velocity. Smack the concrete sidewalk and become a pile of goo.

First comment is that seat belts and vehicle crumple zones are lifesavers. Second comment is that crossing — or even crowding — the centerline is aggressively unintelligent behavior.

Douglas Bronick



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