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New Jersey politician wants to make ‘nine, you’re fine’ saying into law

New Jersey State Senator Declan O’Scanlon. Credit: Twitter.

“Nine, you’re fine. Ten, you’re mine.”

Most of us are familiar with the old saying that references what happens if one goes ten miles-per-hour over the speed limit. However, now the state of New Jersey wants to make the old adage into a law.

New Jersey State Senator Delcan J. O’Scanlon wants to introduce a law concerning prevailing speeds, making it acceptable to go a little bit faster, so long as a speed threshold isn’t broken.

“It’s time we stopped issuing tickets that only serve to fatten government budgets at the expense of people who are simply driving normally,” explained the Republican lawmaker.

One former detective thinks the idea is idiotic.

“Doesn’t he know that speed kills?” said Arnold Anderson, who teaches Essex County Police Academy recruits and volunteers with driver safety groups, according to Northjersey.com.

For Anderson, it’s all about changing the habits of drivers.

“I’m a big believer in self-regulation,” he said. “If we really want to improve safety, we’ve got to get drivers to change their behavior. Too many have either forgotten the rules of the road or never learned them well enough at age 17, or they haven’t kept pace with change over the last 40 years or so.”

O’Scanlon supports the 85th Percentile Rule, which is the monitoring of speeds by state Department of Transportation engineers, who try and match up with speeds reached by 85% of drivers.

“Based on such studies,” O’Scanlon told Northjersey.com, “other states have changed their speed limits, but not New Jersey.”

Anderson would prefer to see driver safety refresher courses, particularly for older people.

Interestingly enough, both sides of the debate looked to Germany, who have abolished mandatory speed limits on some stretches of the Autobahn, but also have much more stringent driver training.

“Their driving culture is built around safety,” Anderson noted. “In Germany, you must show you can drive well in all kinds of conditions- on urban roads and rural roads as well as the Autobahn.”

Both men agreed that refresher testing would be a good idea, though whether or not said testing should be voluntary is a different story.

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