The thing that is really fascinating about this is that we all know we should observe the law, but many (most?) of us get p*ssed off about it.
I am wondering if the reason for this is because they are just after cash, what they do is to establish speed limits which are not appropriate to the road. We all of us know roads where it is dual carriageway, pedestrians are excluded by barriers and the limit is 40, (parts of Bracknell for instance) when there are other roads which are single carriageway, pedestrians are not excluded and the limit is 50 or National limit (Bath Road between Slough and Maidenhead). It seems to me that it is this inconsistency which makes us suspicious that the motives are NOT road safety, but plain simple cash.
There are some roads in Slough for instance where the speed limit goes from 40 to 30 to 20 to 30 and the distance is barely 100 yards for each limit. I have followed Police cars through it and they take no notice at all. But they still have camera cars on it. What is all that about? If you see two or three pedestrians in this stretch it is a miracle and there are pavements both sides of the road.
In other places, the speed limit signs are buried in the undergrowth of the road side hedges and not visible.... I objected to Thames Valley Police about this when I got caught doing 40, thinking I was in a "40" limit, which the last sign I had seen said was the limit - they admitted that the "30" signs were not visible but said it was nothing to do with them.......talk to the council but pay the fine as the offence is absolute!
So whilst I agree we should obey the law, and we should not speed above the limit, but what if the law is being deliberately manipulated to raise cash, and the limits are actually set to catch motorists out? That is what I think I object to!