Anyone else seen Bracksy's latest ridiculous anti-speeding proposal? They (the state gov't) want to limit all speedos to show a max of 130km/h, so that you're not tempted to try and hit the maximum speed shown on the speedo. They claim that initially there will be not actual restrictions on the engine/car's maximum speed, but that "at some stage, capacity (presumably actual speed capacity, not engine capacity) may need to be restricted". Ok, thanks for that YOU FUCKING WANKER.
Cars are safer than ever before, tyres are better, brakes are better, the road toll is at an all-time low, why the flying fuck is this moron REDUCING the speed limits and whatnot all over the place?! Does nobody else see the irony and unbelievable stupidity of this? For a couple of millennia now, humans have utilised transport to GET PLACES FASTER. Donkeys, chariots, trains, planes, bikes, and CARS. So once we've actually made the extremely useful step forward of creating faster, safer transport, we take the extra steps of restricting it extremely (eg the Hume Highway could easily and safely be driven at 200km/h end to end, were that legal). But no, instead of RAISING the speed limits to actually HELP people, we have a few do-gooders hell-bent on slowing us down as much as possible. To you do-gooders, I'd like to convey a hearty FUCK YOU.
Then there's the kicking the arses of anyone who dares stray over the line (accidentally or not) by 3km/h (no shit, that's the Victorian tolerance). Let's conveniently ignore the fact that this should be illegal in any circumstance, because speedo calibration has to be within +/- 10%, yet this tolerance is 3% at 100km/h - fair?
Even better is the hypocrisy of the government - Bracks gets chauffeured around in a Calais or Senator or Statesman or something (whatever it is, it's a big V8). Topping that is (the biggest turd on the planet) Peter Batchelor (transport minister), who got done speeding in a 50 zone (doing 58 I think) on the Richmond Boulevard. He was all through the media the next day saying "See, I'm not above the law, I pay the fines too when I break the law." Within the week, the speed limit where he got caught was increased to 60km/h (from the aforementioned 50 limit). Fucking hypocritical SOB.
Why do I feel like I'm being strangled? Oh yeah, I live in Victoria - Nanny State.