Michigan State Police Lieutenant Denies 'Speed Kills' Myth

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Michigan State Police Lieutenant Gary Megge's current job is to monitor the state's speed limits and speed traps. he's been arguing for smarter, often raised limits, and one quote explains why.

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It's a line he gave to the Detroit News back in 2008, recently brought back into light by The Truth About Cars. It was originally addressing Lt. Megge's admission that traffic enforcement is for revenue. Megge's statement has a sentiment we've heard elsewhere but rarely from a member of the police.

Here's the quote in full.

"I've spent eight years in traffic services, and I was a crash reconstructionist for five years before that," Michigan State Police Lieutenant Gary Megge told the News. "So I've seen my share of fatal wrecks, and I can tell you: Deaths are not caused by speeding. They're caused by drinking, drugs and inattentiveness. The old adage that speed kills just isn't realistic. The safest speed is the speed that is correct for that roadway at a given time. A lot of speed limits are set artificially low."

Megge's current work has him claiming that many of the state's speed limits are too low. You an read more about his current work at The Truth About Cars. All I want to know is why can't more officers be like him?

Photo Credit: Michigan State Police (Lt. Megge not pictured)

DISCUSSION

damasconian
Damasconian

This is ridiculous. Of course there is a direct relationship between speed and accidents. The faster you go, the shorter time you have to adjust or avoid something, anything, that could come across your path. The faster you go, the less control you have over a vehicle. The faster you go, the more damage you will do to whatever you hit or whatever hits you.

I fully believe that drinking and drugs cause much higher number of accidents than speeding does, but anyone that thinks speed is not a factor in accidents has no idea what they are talking about. I dont need to be a policeman, just a believer in stuff like physics and logic.

Stating that speed limits can be too low (prob true btw) has no effect on the correlation between speed and accidents. They are two unrelated factors.