Friday, March 03, 2006

Video - Can't drive 55?

From KayRay:

"I just missed it on world news in wed night, but thanks to google video:"

part of the AJC article:

Drive 55, try to stay alive Students tempt the fates, get it on film, and
make big news


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 03/03/06
They knew it was dangerous.
"We could have really been hurt," said one of the Atlanta college students after their
experiment. "I was pretty sure that I was doing something stupid," said
another. That may be true. But, young and brash, they had a plan.
They wanted to go the speed limit on I-285.
In four cars, on all four lanes, the students from Georgia State University and other local colleges paced the entire midmorning flow of Perimeter traffic behind them at 55 mph for half an hour. They call it "an act of civil obedience."
"I get a lot of tickets," said Andy Medlin, 20, the Georgia State student who came up with the idea. "The best way to expose the flaws in the system is by following it."
Thankfully, they survived unharmed, though much maligned. The eight students captured it all on video for a student film competition, and the five-minute piece has fired up the country this week on blogs, talk radio, and national news broadcasts.
"NPR was the first biter," said Jordan Streiff, 21, the group's experienced filmmaker
and an Asian Studies major at Georgia State. "Initially, we were going to be on
ABC's cable network and Web site, but overnight the traffic to the video spiked
so they put it on World News Tonight."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jody says:

"An act of civil obedience." I love it! I've always thought that the speed limits here were stupid - they need to set them at something and then enforce them, like the kids say.