So what city, state or other do you refuse to speed? And why?

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So what I am asking is cities, states, provinces, countries that you have a fear of speeding, or a healthy respect of the consequences.
I'll go first.
USA.
Why?
Because I'm Canadian, and I've seen enough coverage of LEO rage, abuse, dirty tricks, violence, corruption and other stuff that I really really don't want to have a roadside discussion with one while I have my family, truck and travel trailer at their mercy.
Also a dim view of entering your country and breaking laws is a standard LEO response.
Stressful enough getting across the border searched top to bottom for a fruit, vegetable or meat that I shouldn't have.
So I tend to set the cruise on or only slightly above the limit and stay out of the way of traffic.
For instance in California I use the "trailer towing" speed limits on the freeways and stay right.
Ignorance of the laws, my non-existent rights as a foreigner, the multiple jurisdictions of LEOs I don't understand, and the fact people can carry a loaded handgun in the car ready to use...
Yeah, I stay the frack out of the way and watch PSL carefully.
It helps to use my Garmin GPS to remind me of PSL in case I missed a sign. Might add Waze now as I have started using it.
So yeah, you all scare me down there. Some states more than others as I will get up to flow of the traffic in some areas.
But Canada?
I'm pretty aggressive here, just staying below serious penalty levels in case of an I/O fail.
I guess I just trust the RCMP to let me survive without bodily injury or financial extortion.
Probably a lot of stereotypes in my post but the brain gets constantly bombarded and conditioned to it.
I've only been to western states and can notice a difference in attitudes from the Leos.
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Northern Arizona are more relaxed and comfortable with tourists and BC plates.
One minute into California and WTF? Serious SWAT mentality. Guns up first greetings.
Where do you mind your PSL for similar reasons?
 

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So what I am asking is cities, states, provinces, countries that you have a fear of speeding, or a healthy respect of the consequences.
I'll go first.
USA.
Why?
Because I'm Canadian, and I've seen enough coverage of LEO rage, abuse, dirty tricks, violence, corruption and other stuff that I really really don't want to have a roadside discussion with one while I have my family, truck and travel trailer at their mercy.
Also a dim view of entering your country and breaking laws is a standard LEO response.
Stressful enough getting across the border searched top to bottom for a fruit, vegetable or meat that I shouldn't have.
So I tend to set the cruise on or only slightly above the limit and stay out of the way of traffic.
For instance in California I use the "trailer towing" speed limits on the freeways and stay right.
Ignorance of the laws, my non-existent rights as a foreigner, the multiple jurisdictions of LEOs I don't understand, and the fact people can carry a loaded handgun in the car ready to use...
Yeah, I stay the frack out of the way and watch PSL carefully.
It helps to use my Garmin GPS to remind me of PSL in case I missed a sign. Might add Waze now as I have started using it.
So yeah, you all scare me down there. Some states more than others as I will get up to flow of the traffic in some areas.
But Canada?
I'm pretty aggressive here, just staying below serious penalty levels in case of an I/O fail.
I guess I just trust the RCMP to let me survive without bodily injury or financial extortion.
Probably a lot of stereotypes in my post but the brain gets constantly bombarded and conditioned to it.
I've only been to western states and can notice a difference in attitudes from the Leos.
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Northern Arizona are more relaxed and comfortable with tourists and BC plates.
One minute into California and WTF? Serious SWAT mentality. Guns up first greetings.
Where do you mind your PSL for similar reasons?
Truth be told, your accent and a general jovial nature would probably keep you out of trouble stateside.

As for me, I don't speed in school zones, residential areas, or anytime inclement weather or traffic congestion don't permit. As a father, I'm not sure I could live with myself if I plowed over a small child going to school or residing his/her bike. The weather and traffic congestion should be self explanatory. Driving is a responsibility that isn't too be taken lightly.
 

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Truth be told, your accent and a general jovial nature would probably keep you out of trouble stateside.

As for me, I don't speed in school zones, residential areas, or anytime inclement weather or traffic congestion don't permit. As a father, I'm not sure I could live with myself if I plowed over a small child going to school or residing his/her bike. The weather and traffic congestion should be self explanatory. Driving is a responsibility that isn't too be taken lightly.
This. Also parking lots. You'd think I was 90 years old the way I go through a parking lot. Scares me to death the way that some parents let their children run free, and I can imagine a horrific result if someone is not diligent. I even park farther away from the door so that I don't come in contact with this many oh, and I don't have some idiot dinging my door, too.
 

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This. Also parking lots. You'd think I was 90 years old the way I go through a parking lot. Scares me to death the way that some parents let their children run free, and I can imagine a horrific result if someone is not diligent. I even park farther away from the door so that I don't come in contact with this many oh, and I don't have some idiot dinging my door, too.
Ah yes, good call on the parking lots! Truthfully, they're probably a bigger threat than school zones or residential areas.
 

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I agree about those high risk sensitive areas that we should all drive cautious and respectfully.
I was more implying the geographical area of a city or larger.
Where should travellers be more cautious?
 

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Truth be told, your accent and a general jovial nature would probably keep you out of trouble stateside.

As for me, I don't speed in school zones, residential areas, or anytime inclement weather or traffic congestion don't permit. As a father, I'm not sure I could live with myself if I plowed over a small child going to school or residing his/her bike. The weather and traffic congestion should be self explanatory. Driving is a responsibility that isn't too be taken lightly.
Great post, thanks for posting it. The only “infraction” that i have had here was when I got pretty upset with a post about speeding in a school zone. It wasn’t necessarily what I said that did it but rather the way that I said it though. But that is a real important issue and we should always add it to the conversation.
 

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Truth be told, your accent and a general jovial nature would probably keep you out of trouble stateside.

As for me, I don't speed in school zones, residential areas, or anytime inclement weather or traffic congestion don't permit. As a father, I'm not sure I could live with myself if I plowed over a small child going to school or residing his/her bike. The weather and traffic congestion should be self explanatory. Driving is a responsibility that isn't too be taken lightly.
Accent? What accent eh?
I believe I would get lenient treatment in my mind but...
I have far too much to lose with no recourse to risk anything but being a straight laced law abiding passive deer in the headlights tourist.
Best not to poke the bear.
 

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I'm probably profiling but I've yet to meet a Canadian without an accent :p !
 

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So what I am asking is cities, states, provinces, countries that you have a fear of speeding, or a healthy respect of the consequences.
I'll go first.
USA.
Why?
Because I'm Canadian, and I've seen enough coverage of LEO rage, abuse, dirty tricks, violence, corruption and other stuff that I really really don't want to have a roadside discussion with one while I have my family, truck and travel trailer at their mercy.
Also a dim view of entering your country and breaking laws is a standard LEO response.
Stressful enough getting across the border searched top to bottom for a fruit, vegetable or meat that I shouldn't have.
So I tend to set the cruise on or only slightly above the limit and stay out of the way of traffic.
For instance in California I use the "trailer towing" speed limits on the freeways and stay right.
Ignorance of the laws, my non-existent rights as a foreigner, the multiple jurisdictions of LEOs I don't understand, and the fact people can carry a loaded handgun in the car ready to use...
Yeah, I stay the frack out of the way and watch PSL carefully.
It helps to use my Garmin GPS to remind me of PSL in case I missed a sign. Might add Waze now as I have started using it.
So yeah, you all scare me down there. Some states more than others as I will get up to flow of the traffic in some areas.
But Canada?
I'm pretty aggressive here, just staying below serious penalty levels in case of an I/O fail.
I guess I just trust the RCMP to let me survive without bodily injury or financial extortion.
Probably a lot of stereotypes in my post but the brain gets constantly bombarded and conditioned to it.
I've only been to western states and can notice a difference in attitudes from the Leos.
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Northern Arizona are more relaxed and comfortable with tourists and BC plates.
One minute into California and WTF? Serious SWAT mentality. Guns up first greetings.
Where do you mind your PSL for similar reasons?
I have to agree with some of this post in that when I travel in the USA, USA, I keep it to the PSL, no games, no counter-measures. Our province does not require front plates or even supply them, only rear ones, so driving in USA must raise flags with the LEO's. I got that attention once in Wyoming when parked (backed in) at a store in a small town. No front plate sitting in the driver's seat by myself (wifey in shopping). Suddenly red/blue behind and in front and window down. Kept my hands on the wheel, both hands. Apparently the exact reason was no front plate and a recent "hold up" at the store.

Outside of the OP region of concern, school grounds, parking lots (good one), and any overpass (as conditioned by driving the Anthony Henday ring road).
 

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I have to agree with some of this post in that when I travel in the USA, USA, I keep it to the PSL, no games, no counter-measures. Our province does not require front plates or even supply them, only rear ones, so driving in USA must raise flags with the LEO's. I got that attention once in Wyoming when parked (backed in) at a store in a small town. No front plate sitting in the driver's seat by myself (wifey in shopping). Suddenly red/blue behind and in front and window down. Kept my hands on the wheel, both hands. Apparently the exact reason was no front plate and a recent "hold up" at the store.

Outside of the OP region of concern, school grounds, parking lots (good one), and any overpass (as conditioned by driving the Anthony Henday ring road).
I will have to keep that Henday in mind for the next trip to Edmonton.
I've been lucky with overpasses in my life, only seen a few LiDAR ones heading to Vancouver out in the valley.
 

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In Texas, "speeding" is driving faster than reasonable and prudent under the circumstances, OR over the PSL. Driving over the PSL is prima facie evidence of speeding, however it is rebuttable. Say for example, it is a dry & pretty day & there is no traffic & you are in a well made, well maintained car on good roads. It can be perfectly reasonable to go over the PSL. A cop could still write you a citation, but you could fight it.

SO, for me, I pretty much keep it slow in town. Reasonable & prudent. Speeding doesn't really get you anywhere faster anyway. But out on the open highway, I boogie. Always have.
 

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A few posts so far of Canucks who get puckered sphincters when driving in USA.
You 'mericans are some scary peeps eh!?
How about your home state vs. others? Any inside knowledge from our southern drivers about places it's a bad idea to speed?
 

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A few posts so far of Canucks who get puckered sphincters when driving in USA.
You 'mericans are some scary peeps eh!?
How about your home state vs. others? Any inside knowledge from our southern drivers about places it's a bad idea to speed?
Here in Arkansas I generally stay within +15 of the PSL (although I've been breaking my own rule here lately). Anything more and you can be charged with a Class C misdemeanor of reckless driving punishable by five days in jail. In Texas I keep it within +25 for the same reasons. I travel a lot for work and usually stay within +10 until I get a feel for the area. If I'm in a rental car for work I will stay within +10 for the duration of the trip.
 

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I'll go first.
USA.
Why?
Because I'm Canadian...
That's funny, aside from the typical school zones and residential areas, of all the places I'd be likely to go, the one I'm very wary of speeding in is Ontario. The stakes are just a little too high up there. OPP - those boys play for keeps.
 

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-In town I rarely push past +10, usually less.
-On the highway I’m often hanging around 10 to 15 over.
- when on the highway and I see a Waze mark or the RD goes off I keep it under +10 MPH or less. CHP rarely pulls anyone over for less then +10 from my experience.

When out of state I always keep it under +10 MPH since I’m in unfamiliar territory.
 

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That's funny, aside from the typical school zones and residential areas, of all the places I'd be likely to go, the one I'm very wary of speeding in is Ontario. The stakes are just a little too high up there. OPP - those boys play for keeps.
I'm not too fond of provincial or city police forces. (we don't have any in my area) They are a cost saving measure that gets around our national police force.
RCMP seem to have higher standards, training and national stable approach to enforcing the law.
The others follow the agendas of the government that hired them, not necessarily the constitution and criminal code of Canada.
For example, everyone here is aware of how cities like Edmonton and Calgary view traffic enforcement as revenue creation.
Not in serving the public safety or interests.
 

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Been hit before, it hurts. Been in a car incident or 2, they hurt too. Have lost friends to car accidents. And have hit people and things before (hypothetically) .

Same as mentioned above. Residentials, school zones, parking lots, high congestion traffic, work zones, some lower speed narrow back roads. No sense in putting others in danger just to save me a few seconds. Life is too short already.
 

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I use common sense, drive for the conditions and the people around me. I'm not going to tach out in the city, but I usually try to go fast enough to avoid traffic or make congestion. So it really depends on the definition of "speeding". I'm not going to go 5 km/hr in a parking lot when it is empty, but I'm going to do 60 km/hr in it either. I think a lot of the times people forget the implications of blowing through somewhere when conditions don't warrant it. Just erks me with construction zones at 3 am in the morning going 50 km/hr in a 110 km/hr zone even though the road is freshly paved, lines down, but people are working across the ditch from the hours of 8am to 4pm.

Otherwise, I don't worry about to much. Make it safe for everyone.
 
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I don't speed in school zones or residential areas with little visibility (hills/curves/foliage) because you never know if there's someone waiting around the bend. This is a real problem in my town with kids, elderly, and cyclists strolling side by side on the roads due to no sidewalks or road planning.

I keep it under 80MPH in VA due to their super speeder laws that criminalize > 80MPH.

When I visit Ontario/New Brunswick/PEI I keep with the flow of traffic. If I have a rabbit I'll use them and follow from a distance, but I'm pretty cautious about speeding in the eastern provinces.
 

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