Most people think of speeding as exceeding the posted speed limit. While that is technically correct, there is more to it than that. Let me ask you a question. What is the “safe speed” for driving while reading the paper? What about while watching a movie on your inappropriately and illegally placed GPS/DVD player? Ladies, how about while your slappin’ on the war paint?
Here’s the CA vehicle code section:
Basic Speed Law
22350. No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.
Nowhere in the section does it mention divided attention or other distracting habits most of us participate in while we’re driving. I contend, however, it is implicit…not to mention, common sense (a concept well documented to be lacking). Common sense should tell you that reading the paper while you’re driving is inherently unsafe. I would say the safe speed for all of the above listed activities is zero.
If you’re scooting along at 35 mph and the speed limit is 35 mph and you are doing any of the above, you are speeding. Your speed is neither reasonable nor prudent. Don’t be surprised when I stop you and tell you that very thing.
Oh…and if you pitch a fit? Yeah…get ready to explain yourself in court.