To address your pointsandymackem wrote: I'm not convinced that drivers monitoring their speed is necessarily a bad thing. Are you seriously telling me you have no idea how fast you're going when you're driving? Flicking a glance at the speedo is no more dangerous than glancing in your mirrors, or changing stations on the stereo. Probably less dangerous than winding down a window as you go along. Sounds like a lack of care and attention to me.
I have a good idea of how fast I'm going when I'm driving - at an appropriate speed for the conditions. I could give you a figure if you want but I'd suggest that driving at an appropriate speed is better than aiming at an arbitrary target. Clearly the thousands of miles designated as, say, 40 limits vary dramatically, I make that call.
An example of this - as stated earlier in the thread I was recenly pulled by some bike gendarmes in France. Yes, I was going a bit quick but it was on a clear motorway in dry clear conditions in a modern car. Was I being dangerous? No. (As an interesting aside I remember a case of a biker done for 130+ who got off the Dangerous Driving part of his charge as he wasn't actually driving dangerously. ) Now I've been driving for 15 years making these decisions on appropriate speed and sods law is I get a pull sooner or later. But the interesting thing is that prior to this my girlfriend, who I've been with for 3 years or so, said I was a good driver. She was happy to just go to sleep with me driving and wake up at our destination, she felt safe and secure. Now she's always looking at the speedo and consequently so am I. Am I safer? Like feck I am.
Driving to a number isn't safe. I have no argument with the idea that excess speed makes an accident worse. However, it's plain bad driving which actually causes the majority of accidents and with the phasing out of Road Traffic Police in favour of cameras this isn't picked up any more, cameras can't do it.