Winston Churchill coined the phrases "special relationship" and "Iron Curtain" and his words still resonate today.
March 13, 2012
The speed bump.
Also known in more creative terms:
A sleeping policeman, a kipping cop in the UK, a road hump (not to be confused with the wider speed hump) and speed breaker in New Zealand.
It's all about vertical deflection, meaning if you don’t slow down, you’re suddenly calling your version of Triple A.
The speed bump goes back further than you might think.
On June 7, 1906, The New York Times reported that in Chatham, New Jersey, crosswalks were raised five inches above the road level:
"This scheme of stopping automobile speeding has been discussed by different municipalities, but Chatham is the first place to put it in practice."
You wouldn’t think a little thing would engender such controversy, but things that go bump in the night (and day) invariably do.
On one hand, experts claim they cause fewer accidents since statistics show only 1 in 10 pedestrians will be killed by a vehicle going at 20 mph as opposed to 9 out of 10 if hit at 40 mph.
But not so fast.
Some drivers claim that they are so deranged with having to slow down they are actually distracted to the point of not seeing other vehicles or pedestrians.
So while many many bumps are being constructed other bumps are being bumped off by outraged citizens, like those in the Nottinghamshire Villages in the UK, who voted to remove 98% of the 125 sleeping policeman while they were sleeping.
Have speed bumps hit a bump in the road?
A complex subject but then speed bumps haven't bumped into our wise members yet.