Yesterday, 04:18 PM
This post may garner some attention from Law Enforcement, but here it goes anyway:
I think there are reasons some people speed, and it is the same reason that laws have been passed that prohibit talking or texting while driving.
DIVISION OF ATTENTION
A person that drives just above the average speed of traffic in the left lane most often does not have to pay as much attention to what is going on behind them. Driving faster than the speed of traffic, by a minimal amount, allows the driver to prevent the Division of Attention and give more focus to what is going on in front of them. Those who drive slower than traffic have to pay more attention to what is going on behind them, such as when they change lanes, and that can cause them to miss what is happening right in front of them, and cause accidents and deaths as a result.
This is not an admission of guilt, but what I think is a valid reason why many people "feel" safer driving faster than traffic. It isnt just about being in a hurry, but driving slightly faster than the average speed of traffic can be safer than driving slower, when done in the left lane. How often do cops get rear ended when they have to get from point A to point B with their lights on? Statistically, I'll bet is a whole lot less than average rates for rear end collisions. On the other hand, although they may not be rear ended nearly as frequently, they probably rear end others at a rate that is higher than average because people fail to pay attention to what is going on behind them.