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Old 05-12-2013, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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I always see Canadian license plates on the highways here in New York/New Jersey area (Mostly Québec but many Ontario too) and they always follow the speed limit, sometimes drive way too slow, and never follow the speed traffic flow.

Why don't you speed up more? I'm sure the police won't target you before other cars with US plates
It's good you follow the speed limit, but it could be quite annoying driving too slow.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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When I see a car with out of state plates driving slow, I always assume they are not familiar with the area and are paying attention to the highway signs so they don't miss their exit.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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1.) Don't know the area enough to know where the speed traps are
2.) There are a lot more state police around then OPP / Surete du Quebec police
3.) "mph" readings on Canadian cars are like the "km/h" readings on American cars: they're hard to read so some people think it's better to be safe than sorry.
4.) A lot fewer Canadians compared to Americans have accepted Jesus Christ as personal savior and by driving slower, they reason that they are less likely to die on the road and can stall for time before they inevitably go to Hell.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Aloverton
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They don't in the NW. Cars with BC tags blaze by me all the time, proving to me that Canadians are so used to police who are halfway humane that they haven't the faintest idea what sort of undereducated tax collectors they're up against. If they did, they'd be like the ones you describe. They just can't really grasp, it seems, that police would exist in some places solely as revenue collection thugs, as this is not a Canadian concept. And in many parts of WA at least (and much of OR), that is all they are. 'Protect and serve' doesn't really exist. 'Extort and harass' should be written on the cop cars in Colfax, anywhere near Willapa Bay, Black Diamond, and most WA small towns.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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^^ On NY Thruway you stay on same road for hundreds of miles, and still QC drivers drive slow.
Most of them know their way, so I don't think thats an excuse.

Speedometers are still visible and clear.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Goddam New York State Troopers. I still owe money on a speeding ticket down there. Gonna have to take care of that some time soon.

Usuario - love your reason number 4. Never gave it much thought before, but who knows how that knowledge (or lack thereof) may be sub-consciously affecting my decisions.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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For people from Ontario and Quebec, I think the difference in average speeds once they cross the border is so glaring (everyone just seems to drive slower in the US) that people just instinctively slow down.

I also think US cops (especially highway patrol) have a reputation for being very stern and no-nonsense, and most Canadians want to avoid any unnecessary encounters with them.

Also, there was once a story (or urban legend) that if you got stopped in the US and were from another country, you had to pay your ticket in cash on the spot or else they'd haul you into jail. I think some people still have that in the back of their minds.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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^^ On NY Thruway you stay on same road for hundreds of miles, and still QC drivers drive slow.
Most of them know their way, so I don't think thats an excuse.

Speedometers are still visible and clear.
A lot people think that on a toll highway they register when you entered and when you exited, and if you did the distance in too little time, they calculate your speed with this info and give you a ticket.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Have you ever tried to pass a Canadian trucker on Rt 89 in New Hampshire and Vermont? I tried once and was well over 100 mph before I got around him. Stupid but great fun.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Oakville, ON
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I've driven extensively across Canada and the US and Americans in my experience are much, much better drivers than Canadians.

Particularly, they are much better following the "keep right except to pass" rule than Canadians. I'm not sure if Americans get better driver training, or if it's just the prevailing attitude of the citizens not to infringe on someone else's personal freedom to speed, but there is a noticeable difference.

I certainly don't drive any slower in the US, in fact I may drive a bit faster due to the generally better freeways. The fines in the US are much less severe than in Canada, and if you get a ticket outside the country it does not impact your insurance. I'm paranoid of the OPP in Ontario, the fines are big and the implications to your insurance are significant. At over 50km above the posted limit, they can seize your vehicle. Try safely passing a truck on a rural highway without bringing your speed to at least 40km above the limit for at least a few seconds...
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