I believe what should always take precedence is safe and responsible driving, with a view to smooth traffic flow. Speeding in itself is not necessarily dangerous. If your car is car roadworthy and the road surface is adequate then you can drive safely way above 120km/h, just at look at the German Autobahns. And if you look at the UK, they are considering increasing its speed limit on motorways. I always refer to the Right lane as the overtaking lane. I am not a traffic officer so it is not for me to police some other drivers speeding, and they may have a valid reason for speeding, so I will pull over if a faster car approaches me. The problem with many Right Lane Huggers is that they try and justify their inconsiderate and unlawful driving on the basis that they are driving at the speed limit. However, this so often prevents traffic flow, we have all seen how the left lane in peak traffic can often flow quicker than the left lane, but because of these Huggers they encourage other drivers (who are often impatient) to weave between lanes and thereby increasing the chances of accidents. South Africa still has many problems regarding road users, too many cars are unroadworthy, drivers don’t have licenses, drivers don’t obey road signs and law, drivers don’t use review mirrors or indicate when changing lane, drivers don’t get into lane early (particularly when existing a freeway, they move from the Far Right to the slip road cutting in front of other drivers). If these simple problems could be addressed it would make policing speeding and drink driving that much easier.
18 mths ago