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sharky2227
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Juris
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Should speed limits be raised?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/3/2013 Category: Cars
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 3,828 times Debate No: 38423
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sharky2227

Pro

I believe that if you own a fast car and a car that can go faster than most then you should be able to use the power in your car, i personally have customized a few cars, owning to this day a 2005 Toyota celica GT-S ( i have a normal car as well, 2012 nissan 370z nismo coupe) the toyota that has been completely redone i have put a small volvo v8 into it with a twin turbo charger changed all the dials and with all JL audio and pioneer stereo system in it. I can fly down the road and jam at the same time, but i am restricted to 70 mph max. but my car will hit 184 mph but im not allowed to use it at all, i despise the fact that i spent so much money but am not "allowed" to go that fast on the road, i have however gotten it to go faster than that on a track of course. I do understand the other side of the argument that it is dangerous to other drivers. but my retort is that if the are always doing more and more road work. have them make 2 lanes that are 60-80 mph then have 2 more lanes that are 80-200 basically, drive at your own risk. people do say that at 150 mph it is more difficult to drive at that speed, yes but thats if you are messing about, if you are responsible and careful, that speed is perfectly alright, it fulfills the adrenaline junkies and makes other things that they do lessen like drinking and driving and going to the lake and smoking and stuff, like a roller coaster only, you control the roller coaster.
Juris

Con

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“I believe that if you own a fast car and a car that can go faster than most then you should be able to use the power in your car.” If your chief reason for raising speed limits is just for personal satisfaction, it does not support enough your claim. Your own belief does not outweigh public safety. Do you think that your personal liberty in using your car to its max speed is more important than the safety of other motorists? You should support your claim with stronger evidence, not only based on your personal belief.

“I can fly down the road and jam at the same time, but i am restricted to 70 mph max. but my car will hit 184 mph but im not allowed to use it at all, i despise the fact that i spent so much money but am not "allowed" to go that fast on the road, i have however gotten it to go faster than that on a track of course.” There is reason why there is a stricter control of speed limits. According to a 2004 report from the World Health Organisation a total of 22% of all 'injury mortalityworldwide were from road traffic injuries in 2002[1] and without 'increased efforts and new initiatives' casualty rates would increase by 65% between 2000 and 2020.[2] The report identified that the speed of vehicles was 'at the core of the problem[3]

Further, A 1991 case study used in the ETSC report illustrates the results of introducing a speed limit. A 130km speed limit was introduced on a 167km section of the A61 in Rheinland-Pfalz combined with a ban on overtaking heavy good vehicles. The result of both these measures was a 30% reduction in fatal and severe injury accidents.[4]

Similarly, The 2009 technical report An Analysis of Speeding-Related Crashes:Definitions and the Effects of Road Environments by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that about 55 percent of all speeding-related crashes in fatal crashes had "exceeding posted speed limits" among their crash factors, and 45 percent had "driving too fast for conditions" among their crash factors. [5]

You stated that“ if there are always doing more and more road work. have them make 2 lanes that are 60-80 mph then have 2 more lanes that are 80-200 basically, drive at your own risk. “ The problem with this is that it is not always possible to create another road for your personal interest of driving your car to its maximum speed. Again, you have failed to show any strong justification for increasing speed limits. Your proposal is impractical and does not support the proposition your proving.

Also, you mentioned,” People do say that at 150 mph it is more difficult to drive at that speed, yes but that’s you are messing about, if you are responsible and careful, that speed is perfectly alright.” No matter how you are careful, accidents still occur. You can control your car, but you cannot control other circumstances that might cause danger to other motorists and pedestrians.


You failed to prove that speed limits should be raised. All your arguments are centered to your personal belief of drivingg your car to its max speed, without considering other evidence. Clearly, you were not able to fully support your side.




Sources:
[1] [2] [3] World Health Organisation (2004). "World report on road traffic injury prevention" (in many languages). Retrieved 2010-04-13.

[4] [5] http://www.theguardian.com...
Debate Round No. 1
sharky2227

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Juris

Con

what happened?
Debate Round No. 2
sharky2227

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Juris

Con

With respect to my opponent, I will not post in this round.
Debate Round No. 3
sharky2227

Pro

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Juris

Con

please vote
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Vote Placed by martianshark 3 years ago
martianshark
sharky2227JurisTied
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro debated terribly. Although I think it may be a good idea to raise speed limits slightly in some areas, a 200 mph speed limit would be stupid and incredibly dangerous, especially without any sort of barrier between that lane and regular traffic. That's just my opinion, but Con clearly debated better in every way, and should receive the conduct, grammar, arguments, and sources points.