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124 years after the first speed limit, the regulations still cannot keep up with the technology



Only yesterday TNW wrote about the Bloodhound land speed record vehicle, which tries to cross the 1000 mile mark (approx. 1,609 km / h). But have you ever thought about people crossing speed limits over a hundred years ago?

Today marks the 124th anniversary of what is generally considered to be the first parking ticket issued in Great Britain, and the driver was at a speed of just under 13 km / h. Yes, about as fast as a good run.

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896 the world-famous young racing driver Walter Arnold drove his "motor car" or in today's usage his "horse-less car". "Through the village of Paddock Wood, Kent, exceeding the speed limit.

The speed limit was only 3.22 km / h, which meant that he drove four times faster!" It would be like driving through a zone at highway speeds of 32 km / h.

A "horse-less carriage"

It may not sound like breakneck speed, but take a look at the "horse-less carriage" he was in at the time. No airbags, no seat belts, no crumple zones, no collision warning systems. I don't know about you, but I don't want to be thrown out of this device at 13 km / h.

Credit: Motor1.com