What is the Purpose of Speed Limits?

Speed limits and traffic tickets for violating these limits are commonly and widely criticized today. While there probably isn’t any sort of correlation between on-road safety and traffic tickets, there certainly is between on-road safety and speed limits themselves. Not only do these speed limits have a purpose, but they provide a very valuable protection to everyone—drivers and pedestrians—on the road.

As speed limits are carefully crafted (by driving professionals and topography experts), they essentially represent the fastest possible speed that one can safely drive through a specific area at. Accordingly, the first component of the multi-faceted and multi-purposeful speed limits is to reduce accidents as a result of driving off-road, or nearly driving off-road. Whether it’s a sharp turn, limited-visibility hill, or one of the other common geographic-mandated road characteristics, speed limits help drivers—whether they’re new to the area, or have been driving there for ages—know exactly which speed is appropriate for safe road navigation.

Next, another of the purposes of speed limits is to protect against non-geographic road and driving factors, which would be much more dangerous without speed guidelines. From town squares to main roads and everything in-between, speed limits communicate to drivers how fast is appropriate for safe navigation—with respect to the other drivers (who are probably plentiful) on the road. Crafted by city (or township, town, etc.) population and traffic-flow experts, speed limits in commonly frequented city areas help to assure that drivers don’t endanger their lives or the lives of others by driving too quickly.

Finally, speed limits outside of geographically dangerous or heavily populated areas simply help to maintain structure and rule on the road. Frankly, even on straight roads with relatively small amounts of traffic, drivers accelerating as fast as they please—with other drivers navigating the road slower or faster than this—are destined to be involved in more accidents, which will automatically be generally more devastating (due to the speed). Speed limits help to assure that a driver enjoying the scenery traveling at twenty-five miles per hour isn’t struck by another who is in a hurry, driving one hundred-plus miles per hour! Basically, regardless of the location, speed limits provide sensible suggestions for the rate at which specific roads should be traversed—effectively protecting drivers, cars, pedestrians, animals, and buildings in the process.

Next time one is ready ready to complain about speed limits, he or she should take time to remember all of the good that they do! They help to specify which roads become geographically difficult to navigate—while safeguarding drivers from this additionally difficult nature by requesting that he or she maintain a specific speed. Moreover, speed limits protect drivers in heavily populated areas, as well as generally; without them, roads would be like the Wild West—fun for a while, but not very enjoyable when danger strikes! Enjoy the driving experience, and remember that speed limits protect everyone on the road!