Speed limits, if used, shall be set so that the speed traffic is actually moving at is a legal speed. Speed limits, if used, shall not be dictated by political boundaries e. Speed limits, if used, shall be the same for all types of vehicles using the road. There shall be no state maximum speed limits or default speed limits. Lower speed limits shall not be used in lieu of removing the hazards that necessitate them. Traffic rules shall concentrate on moving traffic, not stopping it.
Traffic rules shall not be made for political, environmental, noise abatement, or business reasons. Traffic rules shall not change at city limits, county lines, or state lines. No traffic rule shall compromise safety for the convenience of others. Schools shall not be built on major roads. Special school speed limits must be on quiet residential streets, not major thoroughfares. Each traffic rule shall require prominent notice, in the form of signs, signals, pavement markings, and other traffic control devices. The actual placement of the traffic control device by the engineer shall be the legal notice and enactment of the traffic rule.
Pavement markings shall never be used alone, due to the possibility of obscurement by the products of weather. There shall be no laws dictating the placement or usage of traffic rules according to jurisdiction type. No traffic law shall remove the necessity of posting notice at the sites of traffic rule applications. Notice shall always be at the site, not in the form of a broadcast, a newspaper article, or signs at the entrances of a jurisdiction. Drivers shall never be required to commit traffic rules for the road to memory. Notice shall be repeated at frequent intervals. A traffic rule on a particular road shall not apply to a driver turning onto the road until the driver has visible notice of the rule.
No traffic law or rule shall require special knowledge that might not be immediately available to the driver as he is driving: Current date and time Time zone for the location Whether or not daylight-saving time is in effect this should be abolished everywhere Day of the week Local school schedules Alternating or rotating parking schedules The weather forecast Locations of schools, hospitals, or fire stations Local time of sunrise or sunset Locations of city limits, county lines, or state lines.
Factory shift schedules Any other information not immediately obvious The traffic control device itself shall provide all of the information needed. Traffic laws shall be uniform across the entire nation. No traffic law shall ever be written to apply to only a small locality. Traffic control devices shall be applied according to standards. The opinions of politicians shall not override the standards.
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A national Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices shall set the standards for the use of traffic control devices. The standards shall be written in clear unambiguous language, and shall be checked for possible ways to misread them. The standards shall allow for minor adjustments of traffic control device locations, so they fit the actual site, and are visible and unambiguous. Laws pertaining to non-traffic issues shall not be traffic laws, and shall not carry traffic penalties.
Traffic penalties may differ from state to state. Local governments shall not set traffic penalties. Government shall not get any revenue from fines for breaking traffic rules. Unless flagrant, traffic rule violations shall have no penalties other than traffic school, and fines for repeated violations. Traffic penalties shall be applied only where lawbreaking is flagrant, repeated, or deliberately flouting authority.
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The money from fines for breaking traffic laws affecting safety anywhere shall go to the government with arresting jurisdiction. The money from fines for breaking traffic rules should go into a fund for reimbursing crime victims. It shall not be used to fund government or the police. Failure to pay a fine shall never have a traffic penalty. No government, business, or property owner shall charge for parking vehicles or set parking time limits.
License suspension shall be restricted to cases of bad driving, not collecting money. Failure to pay fines shall be handled through courts, not through license suspensions. Licenses shall never be suspended for non-traffic reasons e. Such suspensions dilute traffic safety. People with inability to pay traffic fines shall be given opportunities to work off those fines or pay over time. Illegal drug use is a traffic safety hazard. Licenses shall be suspended for conviction of illegal drug use. Licenses of prison inmates shall be suspended for the period of the sentence, to deter escape.
Unless one of the following is true, licenses shall be reinstated upon release from prison, after written and driving tests: A major traffic offense resulted in the conviction The conviction was a habitual traffic offender conviction The conviction was for use of a vehicle to flee law enforcement. Enforcement methods must be scientifically verifiable and morally right. Enforcement methods either must not rely on human reaction time, or must have leeway to account for the worst case of reaction time.
RADAR can be fooled by such things as secondary reflections, corner reflectors, moving parts on a car, and interference. It should not be relied on for measuring speed. Speed should not be as important to enforcement as following distance and right-of-way. There shall never be any ticket quotas imposed on policemen.
Drivers shall not be penalized for making wrong choices in confusing or ambiguous situations. Only the person at fault shall be ticketed, not the person who caused greater damage as a result of the other person's action. If ice or snow is not properly and promptly removed from roads, government shall be at fault for all accidents caused by it. Automated enforcement shall not be used for ticketing. It can be used to warn drivers of bad behavior. Tolls should be avoided. Electronic toll collection shall not be required to be used.
Cash must always be accepted for toll payments at all locations. The method of payment must not change the amount of toll. Traffic control devices shall never be designed in such a way that they damage vehicles, except for the purpose of stopping out-of-control vehicles. Speed bumps and humps shall never be used. They damage vehicles by contact with the undercarriage or a trailer, or by excessive vibration. Barriers to prevent cars from crossing into opposing traffic or construction workers may damage vehicles, but there should be clear spaces between traffic lanes and the barriers.
Signs mounted in the roadway to give notice of the presence of a crosswalk shall not block right turns. Gates that close across the road shall be designed to do no damage if they close while vehicles are stopped in their paths. Gates at tollgates shall be designed to not damage vehicles that hit them. Police shall be liable for any damage they cause to a stolen vehicle while trying to stop it.
Traffic laws shall not put selfishness of legislators over proper engineering. Legislation shall not be used to prevent proper design because of the legislator's personal desires. Laws restricting use of the left lane for passing and requiring return to other lanes reduce the capacity of the road by the capacity of the left lane.
The selfish legislators want to remove traffic from the road so there is room for them to pass other cars. Legislators shall not force their unproved environmentalist beliefs onto others. Legislators shall not pass traffic laws with the intent to increase fine revenue. Legislators shall not design streets for speeds less than 25 mph. Streets shall be designed so that fire engines, utility trucks, and moving vans can get to any location.
Some people believe that drivers will always go 10 miles per hour over any speed limit. They are wrong. Usually the speed limits are set 10 mph too low. Some people believe that slower speeds are always safer. Some politicians believe that overdesigning a road, and then setting a lower speed limit will make it safer. Too often, insurance actuaries are allowed to affect the setting of speed limits, to limit government liability in case of a lawsuit.
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The truth is that most drivers will go the perceived design speed of the road, no matter what silly number the politicians put up. The most common error is the RADAR gave a reading from one car, but the officer stopped a different car for the speeding offense.
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It finds the fastest vehicle in range. Police RADAR has been known to pick up aircraft, wind turbine blades, silvered used-car-lot flags, and vehicles beyond hills. Police RADAR can indicate the sum of the speeds of two vehicles going in opposite directions if one is a dump truck or an open box truck.