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  1. Varies dunnit. Some of them are to slow traffic from a National to 30, some are due to the occasional house on the road, some are due to a school and would probably otherwise be 50mph zones, etc. I'm not suggesting people should be allowed to speed in 40 zones, but I think 20 and 30s should have zero tolerance. 40 should remain basically how it is now, a bit of discretion from any officer dealing with someone caught speeding in it.
  2. HeliX

    Cannabis (again)

    Oh certainly, but it's less psychologically addictive than Alcohol (http://www.drugsense.org/mcwilliams/www.marijuanamagazine.com/toc/addictiv.htm) and alcohol is also physically addictive.
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    Cannabis (again)

    Comparative risk assessment of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other illicit drugs using the margin of exposure approach https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4311234/ Contribution of Excessive Alcohol Consumption to Deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost in the US https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2014/13_0293.htm#Tables (there isn't a similar study for cannabis on this. You can't die from a cannabis overdose) Cannabis, Tobacco and Alcohol Use in Canada - Comparing risks of harm and costs to society https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/visions/cannabis-tobacco-and-alcohol-use-canada (Cost to society of alcohol: $165 per user, cannabis: $20 per user) White matter integrity in adolescents with histories of marijuana use and binge drinking https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0892036209001457 (Not only does alcohol damage brain cells, which cannabis doesn't appear to, but cannabis can protect brain cells from damage by alcohol) Could smoking pot cut risk of head, neck cancer? https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE57O5DC20090825 (Alcohol is linked with a lot of cancers.) Study Finds No Cancer-Marijuana Connection https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/25/AR2006052501729.html (Again, no shortage of links between alcohol and cancer...) Is Marijuana Addictive? http://www.drugsense.org/mcwilliams/www.marijuanamagazine.com/toc/addictiv.htm (In short, about as addictive as caffeine. Significantly less addictive than alcohol or any other drug) Alcohol consumption greatly increases serious injury risk for heavy and moderate drinkers vs Marijuana and other illicit drug use and the risk of injury https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111014162820.htm vs https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16703715/ (Can you guess which one has lower risk!) Drugs of abuse and the elicitation of human aggressive behavior http://www.ukcia.org/research/AgressiveBehavior.pdf (Surprising absolutely no-one, alcohol makes people aggressive, cannabis doesn't) The Economic Costs of Alcohol Abuse https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/10report/chap06c.pdf Bureau of Justice Statistics - Alcohol and Crime https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ac.pdf Intimate partner violence and substance use: a longitudinal day-to-day examination https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14656545/ (Alcohol increases instances of domestic abuse, cannabis does not) Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault https://www.rainn.org/articles/drug-facilitated-sexual-assault ("Alcohol is the most commonly used substance in drug-facilitated sexual assault.") Marijuana vs Alcohol: Which is Really Worse for Your Health? https://www.livescience.com/42738-marijuana-vs-alcohol-health-effects.html The Effect of Cannabis Compared with Alcohol on Driving https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2722956/ (Not particularly interesting to me as IMO you shouldn't be driving if you've been anywhere near either, but it would appear that driving under the influence of cannabis is markedly safer than alcohol)
  4. Anyone speeding in 20 or 30 zones ought to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. 40 and up you can probably justify a little leeway, but there is no excuse for speeding in 20/30 zones. They're 20/30 because they could quite likely have kids/animals running about.
  5. Or provide recurring revenue to enable it prior to an MOT and disable it after one. It's never been hard to find a friendly MOT mechanic either. One who'll hold the noise meter a bit further away than the spec requests...
  6. Can my premiums only be calculated against other people who have a basic grasp of how to request the minimum grip from the tyre in any given situation? There's an absolute fortune to be made disabling self limiters though, so that's nice I suppose.
  7. HeliX

    Cannabis (again)

    @Apple In your experience, what's the ratio of alcoholics to cannabis addicts?
  8. Cannabis isn't physically addictive. Alcohol is. It's not a question of scale, there are plenty of studies on this. Including in places that have made cannabis legal.
  9. HeliX

    Cannabis (again)

    Sometimes. Some have the THC removed (or never had it in the first place), but THC does form part of the analgesic effect.
  10. Putting Daily Mail readers off from coming here doesn't seem like a bad thing.
  11. Sadly the future probably lies in cars that refuse to disobey the speed limit. But average speed cameras are much more fit for purpose than the instantaneous ones - and more forgiving to people doing accidental speeds (5mph over).
  12. I've expressed this opinion on here before, but poor driving is a bigger issue than speeding. Speed limits are (fairly) fixed, road & vehicle conditions, and vehicle loads are not. Driving lessons teach people to pass the test, not to drive. The driving test checks to see if people roughly understand how the controls work, how to read road signs, and how to do a few basic maneuvers. Were I in charge, and I'm sure you're all glad I'm not, I'd move to a system of a minimum number of lessons, with a syllabus that includes much more of the more nebulous skills, like assessing road conditions, like driving well regardless of speed, driving at night, driving in rain/wind/whatever. And then a longer test to check that the instructor has properly assessed the key parts of those areas during lessons. There are plenty of places on the island where if you do the speed limit, you'll crash in bad weather. There are also places where you could safely exceed the speed limit (not that I'm suggesting you should, just highlighting that speed limits aren't necessarily accurate). I know people who drive slowly, who have crashed due to poor driving skills. Standing on the brakes mid-corner out of panic. Not understanding the basics of weight transfer. Being incredibly non-smooth with the wheel. These aren't stupid people, just people who aren't really interested in driving so don't learn anything outside of their lessons & test. If you want to reduce road casualties, you need to make people into better drivers. I don't drive particularly quickly. There's a few places I'll give it a fair squirt of right foot if the visibility is good and there's no cars around. But I'm pretty cautious otherwise. I'd still think it a shame if we lost our lack of a national speed limit.
  13. Where is it needed? Genuine question. I don't think that outside of TT week our accident rate is particularly bad. I don't think we should introduce a national speed limit, for example, because I don't think the data supports it.
  14. I'm not convinced they'll make much difference here. 50 yards either side of the speed camera might get marginally safer, I suppose. If you don't include the people stamping on the brakes.
  15. No, but the low amounts of harm, not insignificant amounts of benefit, significant amounts of tax income and removal of a route of income for illegal activities are.
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