Psychology of Speed Limits

Psychology of Speed Limits

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 62 , Segment 1

Episode: Speed Limits, Balding, Oil Trains, Body Language, Soda

  • May 13, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 19:14 mins

Guest: John Bowman, vice president of the National Motorists Association, which is a member-supported advocacy group for drivers The psychology of driving, and particularly how speed limits influence our behavior on the road, has been in the news here in Utah recently. Back in January, the state boosted the speed limit on I-15 through the most populated part of Utah from 65 miles per hour to 70.  How do you suppose drivers have behaved on I-15 since then? Data just released by the Utah Department of Transportation shows average speeds increased up to 2 miles per hour in some spots compared to how fast drivers were going before the speed limit went up. And in some places, drivers are actually going slower than they used to.

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National Parks Update: Oil Trains and Parks

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Guest: Kurt Repanshek, founder and editor of NationalParksTraveler.com -- the leading online resource for National Parks-related news At least 7 people are dead and several hundred injured after an Amtrak passenger train en route from Washington to New York hurtled off the tracks last night while rounding a curve. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash. It’s against this backdrop that NationalParksTraveler.com today published a special report on train safety and America’s National Parks. The report focuses specifically on trains that transport oil near, or even through, some of the country’s most pristine landscapes. In just the last few months trains carrying crude oil have crashed in Illinois, West Virginia, North Dakota and twice in Ontario, Canada, forcing residents to evacuate and contaminating the environment.

Guest: Kurt Repanshek, founder and editor of NationalParksTraveler.com -- the leading online resource for National Parks-related news At least 7 people are dead and several hundred injured after an Amtrak passenger train en route from Washington to New York hurtled off the tracks last night while rounding a curve. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash. It’s against this backdrop that NationalParksTraveler.com today published a special report on train safety and America’s National Parks. The report focuses specifically on trains that transport oil near, or even through, some of the country’s most pristine landscapes. In just the last few months trains carrying crude oil have crashed in Illinois, West Virginia, North Dakota and twice in Ontario, Canada, forcing residents to evacuate and contaminating the environment.