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Personalized traffic rules

It is generally accepted that rules and laws should be approved based on generality and not in exceptions. Anyway in some cases, technology may allow to define personalized rules.

Traffic rules are one of these cases, where they could be defined for every single combination of person and vehicle.

  • Distinction on vehicle:
Everybody will agree not all vehicles are the same. Some vehicles are designed to be fast on highways, some are designed to cross any terrain, some are designed to be cheap (although not extremely secure), some are designed to be extremely secure (although very expensive). So the same driver will obtain different results with different vehicles.

Taking a curve in a highway at 55 mph is not the same if you drive a new Porsche or if you drive an old cheap small bargain. Maybe the big, powerful, expensive and secure car is able to maintain stability at 70 mph in that curve, while the old car will lose control at just 45 mph.

  • Distinction on drivers:
On the other side, the main component of a vehicle is its driver. So maybe a experienced driver will take that curve with an average car at 55 mph without any risk while other less experienced driver will likely loose control of the same car, in the same car at the same speed.

  • Proposal:
My proposal is to personalize traffic rules according to each combination of vehicle and driver.

As an example, in a highway a experience driver with a powerful and secure car may be allowed to drive at 100 mph while a new driver with an old cheap car may be allowed to drive at only 55 mph.

  • Some considerations:
1. This idea is not as disruptive as many might think. It is currently being simplistically applied in most countries where some parameters apply to rules. The simplest example is for new drivers who have to put a signal on their cars indicating their status and have special maximum speed limits lower than the rest of drivers. In many countries a license based on point is delivered, so "law tolerance" depends on the number of points each driver has. Other examples aren't so obvious, i.e, you can or cannot drive a car depending on the alcohol rate in your blood. And this will depend not only on the spirits you have drunk, but also on your sex, age and physical characteristics. It might not be justice that an experienced reasonable small young female driver cannot drink a single cup of wine, while a mad big mature male drive can drink several and they both will have the same rate of alcohol in their blood. But what is a reality is that we all are not equal and alcohol rate in blood is not a good indicator but it is the best we know to prevent alcohol effects while driving.

2. This idea will not discuss social justice. It is not about social differences and rich people being privileged for buying better cars. That's another topic. This idea is about real differences that do exist in society and how law would be better adjusted to them.
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  • badfaith

    Brilliant Idea++++++

    At first glance I was amused by the title, and admit I thought you were nuts.... with everyone obeying their own rules of the road (some might say that's the problem now anyway!), but after reading your presentation, I'm converted... good sense!

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  • moria

    I could not agree more! It seems to me I am hearing my father... he used to say exactly the same...

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