Sure, but someone going 5 or 10 MPH over some arbitrary "limit" doesn't cross that "line." I am not saying remove the cops, but don't have them enforcing laws the majority doesn't want, especially when the rule/law/reg is NOT about a fundamental right...
Thing is that someone needs to draw a line.
Is 5 over ok, 10, 15, 20, 40??
And dying on the roads is the mostly cause of death for most of the age brackets below 40.
So yeah - Id like some rules to help keep me safe. And some amount of enforcement to back up the rules.
Now I think there is a lot of revenue raising at times. But there is also a lot of effort to keep the road stats down.
But hey - I come from a place where you can be randomly stopped and asked to take an alcohol breath test. I probably get stopped once or twice a year. Im guessing this would be considered a huge infringement of rights in the USA - stopped for no reason other then being the next car/bike. But it did a huge amount to lower the death rate (it came in in the early 80s)
Red light cameras - yup, think they are great.
My problem is more about speed. Yes I know its a major factor in safety and while it might not be the cause of an accident it is usually a factor in the severity of any accident.
But while they tell us that "any speeding is not safe" they also restrict new rider/drivers to lower speed limits and hence artificially generate speed differences. And its often speed differences that are the biggest problem rather than absolute speed.
And our last state without a speed limit had one introduced this year. Their road deaths were quite high but alcohol and not wearing seat belts was a much bigger factor than other states.
It was interesting driving out there. A highway with 1 lane each way, not divided. No speed limit and trucks with 3 trailers!!
At times I would be doing possibly 60mph faster than another vehicle (someone towing a caravan) and thats some serious closing speed.
Oh well - Im wandering all over the place now.
Basically - Im happy for there to be laws and for them to be sensibly enforced. Im very happy we have random alcohol breath testing.
Now if they would just crack down on people with high beam or badly aimed lights...