Metric System
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Merchants unhappy about Interstate 19 switch from metric

USA flag Replacing metric signs - Way to the hell

The state Transportation Department is getting ready to spend $1.5 million replacing metric signs along Interstate 10 with mileage signs, to the chagrin of some businesses along the highway. The state plans to use federal stimulus money to replace the signs, which it previously planned to replace as the signs wore out. The signs marking kilometers instead of miles were first installed in the early 1980s when I-19 and a handful of other roads were signed in metric as the country considered a full conversion. That conversion hasn’t happened.

History of Speeding

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Speeding, traffic signs and metric

In 1865, the revised Locomotive Act reduced the speed limit to 4 mph (6 km/h) in the country and 2 mph (3 km/h) in towns. The 1865 Act required a man with a red flag or lantern to walk 60 yards (50 m) ahead of each vehicle, enforce a walking pace, and warn horse riders and horse drawn traffic of the approach of a self-propelled machine. The replacement of the “Red Flag Act” by the Locomotive Act of 1896, and the increase of the speed limit to 14 mph (23 km/h) has been commemorated each year since 1927 by the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.Nepal, the Isle of Man and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Kerala are the only places in the world that do not have a general speed limit.

Crazy Judge

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Judge: Speeding Not 'As Bad' in Miles

When police caught driver David Clarke flying down a road at 180 kilometers per hour this month, he looked likely to lose his license.
But a country judge reduced the charge and let the 31-year-old information technology worker stay on the road after concluding the speed did not look as bad when converted into miles, or 112 mph.
'I am not excusing his driving. He should not have been traveling at that speed,' District Court Judge Denis McLoughlin said in his verdict, delivered Tuesday in County Donegal, northwest Ireland.

This was year 1998 - where are we now ?

The Metric Conversion Status for the Highway Program The Metric Conversion Status for the Highway Program.

September/October 1998

The 1998 construction season represents a major turning point in the metric conversion process currently underway in the highway construction industry.


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