Sunday, July 24, 2005

Get out of your ticket

If you've spent any amount of time driving around Tucson, you know that (just about) every major street has a 40mph speed limit with the exception of Speedway and Campbell, which are 35mph. This made me curious - how is it that the entire town can be 40mph with the exception of these two major streets? (As a Phoenix native, I know that the majority of the stoplights in Phoenix are timed to provide a shorter commute when driving the speed limit)

So, I decided to time the lights on Speedway - greenlight to greenlight - and calculated the average speed needed to make the light. Results are as follows:
Craycroft to Swan - 1:18 - 46mph
Swan to Alvernon - 1:39 - 36mph
Alvernon to Country Club - 1:23 - 43mph
Country Club to 1:23 - 43mph
Average - 42mph

That's right, folks. You heard it here first. The City of Tucson rewards drivers for speeding.


Blogger Joshua Conner said...

They say that the lights are timed to 38mph when you're driving donw 5th/6th street, too.

1:50 AM  
Blogger Joshua Conner said...

The speed limit on 5th/6th street being 30. Heh.

3:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

The cops have to make their quota somehow.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have way too much time on your hands! i love ya bro!

11:54 PM  
Blogger Owen said...


But seriously, speaking of quotas I know how they do it in Spokane now. They just take your average four-lane arterial and make the speed limit 30. Or 20, as the case is in one place by Jess' new apartment. Then, when drivers get fed up going 30 miles an hour across a city the size of Tucson, nail 'em! According to Jess' uncle, each officer on traffic duty has to write 16 tickets a day. Holy cow.

In closing:

1. Make rediculously low speed limits.
2. Nail drivers who drive a safe, albeit illegal speed.
3. Profit!

12:13 PM  

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