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Old 12-06-2018, 05:01 PM   #1
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Speed Limits - How do you slow down?

Hi All,

So just as a bit of a debate. Here in Newquay we've had an operation to target speeding and educate on the dangers of speeding.

The headlines have been bandied about today, 200 speedsters caught in ONE day.

One of the locations, was not far past where it changes from 60mph to 30mph. Where the location the speed trap was, time of measurement would have been no more than 100feet max, into the lower speed limit.

When I was taught to drive, I was taught that where a speed goes from higher to lower and there are rumble strips, lines, speed painted on the road etc, you needed to be at the lower speed before entering. (I hate to use these words considering current UK affairs but like a Hard Border)

However, if there were no such road markings, just the signs on the posts, you start to slow down before you enter but gradually with traffic meaning you would enter the 30mph zone still over the limit but keep slowing until you get to 30, in a reasonable time. (Soft Border).

I've looked into the highway code and it doesn't say how you should approach changing speed limits and I can't make head nor tail of the Road Traffic Act.

What do you do, Honestly?

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/co...nearly-1666379
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:10 PM   #2
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Honestly, as soon as you pass the 30 sign, you should be doing 30... Generally though, most road here are likely to go from 60 to 50 to 30. Or maybe 60 to 40. But can't think of any 60 to 30 areas here...
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60 to 30 looks like an attempt at revenue generating to me. Or a lot of rear enders.
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:20 PM   #4
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The rumble strips are there to wake you up .

As above, when entering a lower speed area you should be doing no more than that speed when passing the sign.
When entering a higher speed area, you should not accelerate until past the sign.

In other words, the lower speed always takes precedence.
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60 to 30 is very common, surely. Single carriageway NSL to built-up area.
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I live in a rural area and it's all 60 to 30 and 30 to 60 as you pass through villages.
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My area is similar - lots of 50mph's down to 30. We have the same issue where the Police set the camera's just inside the lower limit. I know that you should be doing the correct (or below) speed when you pass the sign but it's ridiculous to drop 20mph in such a short distance. In fact, if you did, and someone rear ended you, you'd probably get done for driving without due care and attention.

We all know there has to be some rules to keep the roads safe, but the method they use to enforce the law is simply a revenue generating exercise and no thought given to safety
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60 to 30 looks like an attempt at revenue generating to me. Or a lot of rear enders.
Lots of roads up here lead to little villages and towns. Going from 60mph down to 30mph is common. It really shouldn't cause any driver an issue. It would be inexcusable to crash in such circumstances.

I usually lift off a little in advance and brake smoothly before the sign.
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I just slow down, its not difficult for me
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I know that you should be doing the correct (or below) speed when you pass the sign but it's ridiculous to drop 20mph in such a short distance. In fact, if you did, and someone rear ended you, you'd probably get done for driving without due care and attention.
But you know a change in limit is approaching. You'll probably see buildings and street lamps long before you see an actual speed limit sign.
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