Don't worry folks, you can drive as badly as you like, especially in fog, the dark, in heavy rain or in heavy traffic - or far too close to the car in front, or overtake with insufficient clearance or on a blind bend - even cause an accident and injure someone - but provided you are travelling at less than the statutory speed limit while you do so, you'll probably get away with it.
I would like to jump on this bandwagon as there is a LOT of bad driving I witness everyday that goes unpunished. I think everyone can attest to that (and everyone is guilty of that). However, a lot of that bad driving behavior is subjective (Did he really cut you off? Should've she let you in the lane? Did they run the red light?).
Speeding is pretty much a go/no go thing and much easier to catch.
It's unfortunate that there aren't more tickets handed out for other poor driving habits. (If you'd like to help. Next time you see someone driving like a maniac, report them.... once in awhile the police do catch up with those people if you report them)
After all, as we all know, driving badly or carelessly is always perfectly harmless. But travelling at even one mph over some wretched arbitary speed limit, even on a deserted road in perfect weather conditions, immediately makes you and your car a lethal menace.
I don't buy this argument.
All sarcasm aside, just because a lot of infractions of other bad driving behaviors are ignored doesn't make driving at 231km/h safe.
By rough calculation (Keyword = rough. Don't let this get into arguments over exact stopping distances of a Ferrari or the super quick reaction times of F1 drivers) the driver would need approx 250 meters to come to a complete stop. Let's assume he needs 150 meters to bring it down to a speed that would allow the car to have enough agility to manoever around any hazard. That would mean the driver would have to ensure there were no other hazards/people around him for 150 meters to be "safe".
Keep in mind he's moving at 3.8km/minute (65 meters a second). So in order NOT to be a lethal menace it had to have been a pretty empty road.
and yes, there's arguments about highways with no speed limits being very safe. I'm not arguing whether there should or should not be a speed limit. I'm arguing that driving over the speed limit is not safe (more specfically driving at 231km/h) If there's a posted speed limit there will be people driving that limit (or possibly slower).
The real hazard is when you introduce different vehicles travelling at different speeds with driver's with different attitudes and different skill levels.