Originally Posted by Graeme S
Reasonable is relative. If the laws were a bit more "reasonable" people might pay them even less attention because the penalties would be low enough to scoff at.
You're mixing up law and penalty.
If the laws were more reflective of the reasonable actions of the majority of people, then there would be far fewer people breaking them. Many traffic laws are sensible - they keep people in their lanes and stop people from crashing into eachother. Speed on the other hand - you're much much much less likely to crash if you're doing 65kph in a 50kph zone where there's 6 lanes of traffic than if you run a red light.
You're also more likely to increase aggression in those around you if you're one of the minority who insists on sticking to the posted limit.
Yet it's the failure of the municipal and provincial engineering departments to set speed limits appropriately that result in these severe courtroom backlogs.