Well, do you?
Of course you don’t. If you were to admit that you did, then you would be admitting to breaking the law of the land. And only criminals do that, right?
Well, I don’t know about you, but something seems not right, here. We’ve had this national speed limit, 70 miles per hour, in place for some considerable millennia (or so it seems). It’s illegal to drive a vehicle faster than that on our public roads. As far as I’m aware, nobody’s stopping you doing it on a private road (if you can find one)… or if you want to go to Brand’s Hatch, or Silverstone, or one of the other car racing circuits then I’m sure you can drive souped-up beasts as fast as you dare.
So, if the law says that we can’t go any faster than this, and everyone agrees that we shouldn’t do it, then… why are the manufacturers allowed to make vehicles that are capable of going so very much faster than this?
Why don’t the same people who tell us we can’t drive faster than 70 tell them that they can’t make buggies that can go faster than 70?
Woah, what was that? You say that I’m talking about restricting your choice? Errmm… no, I don’t think so… how does it help you to have the ‘choice’ to buy a vehicle that can fly along at speeds in excess of a ton, if there’s nowhere you can drive it legally at that speed? Or, if you feel that forcing the manufacturers to build vehicles that can’t exceed the speed limit is ‘inhibiting your freedom,’ why aren’t you able to buy a gun? Same thing, I’d say, except that you’re used to being unable to go and buy a gun, but you’re not used to the idea of being unable to buy a fast car.
We, as a nation (or perhaps that should even be ‘species’) should be reducing the amount of gaseous junk we throw into the atmosphere. We should also be thinking of conserving the planet’s dwindling fossil fuel reserves. Driving more slowly uses less fuel, so this would be one simple thing we could do towards these ends. Making vehicles with slower top speeds (and perhaps slower acceleration, too?) would kill several birds with one stone, while, incidentally, saving some human lives in the process. Maybe even yours.