Simple-minded roads ministers are planning to quadruple fines for the fabricated crime of “speeding”. Presuming guilt, removing responsibility, outlawing discretion, and infantilising us by making us drive by numbers instead of harnessing our humanity and encouraging us to drive by context. Chop off a man’s hand for stealing a loaf. £10,000 fine or jail for doing 100 on a clear motorway, as Stephen Fry, Harriet Harman and countless other responsible adults have done with no risk to anyone. Speed doesn’t kill. It’s inappropriate speed that kills. Who is the better judge of appropriate speed? You and me at the time and the place, or limits fixed by absent regulators?