I Didn’t Know That …

The very first person even to be convicted in a court of law for speeding was an Englishman named Walter Arnold from the village of Paddock Wood in Kent, England way back in 1896. The legal speed limit back then was Two miles per hour and he was in his Bently automobile going at least 4 times as fast as that when he was apprehended.

The arresting officer was a constable who ran him down riding on his bicycle. He was fined a little over 4 English pounds ($4.86 in U.S. Dollars) for the infraction.

When I was a kid, the speed limit through our town in Midwestern, Ohio was 25 miles per hour and the top speed allowed on highways was 45 miles per hour. My dad’s first Plymouth automobile had a speedometer that only went to 50 miles per hour.

Back in the early 1900s, it was thought that no human being could withstand nor survive speeds above 50 miles per hour but that was later proven to be a popular fallacy.

When I was riding my bicycle as a youth of 15 years of age, I could only manage to reach 20 miles per hour riding my bicycle down steep hills.

Today, there are some experimental automobiles that have reached ground speeds of 300 miles per hour in tests. Read More Here. I think I will be satisfied with our own slower vehicles for the time being.

3 thoughts on “I Didn’t Know That …

  1. £4 was a huge amount of money to be fined in 1896. When I was born in 1952, my dad earned £4 a week. At today’s values, £4 would be well over £440, ($535)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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