BVC-CHAT Should 128 mph be reckless driving?
Jean Marie Linhart
jeanmarie at brazoscyclists.org
Thu Dec 8 10:56:56 CST 2005
> > http://tinyurl.com/875v2
Chris Menzel wrote:
> This actually doesn't strike me as outlandish if "recklessness" requires
> doing something that endangers *others*. I mean, think of some of those
> dead flat, straight stretches out in west Texas where you can see for
> miles in every direction and there is *nothing* around. He was also on
> a motorcycle, which lowers the risk to others even further.
> But the reporter does need to do a dictionary search on "odometer".
The one time I decided to test out the engine of a car was on one of those
long, straight stretches out in West Texas (the 100 mile "no services")
stretch between Van Horn and the Guadalupe Mountains. I got the car
up to about 105 (maybe it was 115), and at that point, the car was still
accelerating happily, but I chickened out. I was scared that things were
coming at me so fast I didn't have adequate control of the car. I reduced
my speed to about 80 mph and continued and have had no desire to repeat the
That influences my opinion that 128 mph is too fast, though I'm
not a legal-eagle to know which statute I'd want to prosecute under.
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