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Old 04-16-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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Hey yall

I know weve probably all heard about it but I thought that I would post it anyways.

Certain areas of the state major highways speedlimit might be raised to 85. Other areas like Hw84 and I-20 might be raised to 75.

Im really stoked about this because I usally go 73 and now I dont have to worry about it..

What do yall think...good idea or asking for trouble..

BTW: Our speedlimits will be some of the fastest in the nation


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Old 04-16-2011, 01:00 PM   #2
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Bad idea. I gurantee there will be more wrecks and deaths if they raise cuz now ur gonna have people abusing it.
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Old 04-16-2011, 01:02 PM   #3
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IMHO: I am on the fence about it
I want to go fast but I also see the risk
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Old 04-16-2011, 01:16 PM   #4
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i think it will be fine as long as its on straight stretches with no big turns or anything
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Old 04-16-2011, 01:31 PM   #5
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That 85mph speed limit will not happen on any existing roads, as I understand things. It might(if the bill passes muster) be enacted on roads that will be designed to handle the higher speeds. That said, I really don't think the majority of "average" cubicle dwellers and non-transportation oriented workers would be able to handle 85. Hell, they can't even handle Rush Hour, which makes Me think most of them should invest in light rail or a bus pass, lol.

The one proposal that makes sense to Me in all of this is the elimination of the 5mph less at night thing. I have always though that was just a money grab type law that screws people from outside of TX where speed limits are generally not lower at night, so to Me it serves no honorable purpose and needs to go away, IMO.
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I see no problem with it. Fatal accidents went up in Montana after the "reasonable and prudent" law was abolished.

When (former) governor (of North Dakota) was pressured to lower the speed limit on I29 and I94 he said The traveling public can make those decisions about reducing their (speeds) if its a fuel savings issue. and followed with I think people should use their discretion. The reality is people who want to drive slower will drive slower, people who want to drive faster will drive faster, regardless of speed limit.

What could make the higher speed limit a non-issue is strict enforcement of a "keep right except to pass" law. 85mph is a comfortable cruising speed on the highway (for me at least) and poses no additional danger to anybody but me and my passengers if there aren't any other cars on the road.
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The speed limit honestly doesn't dictate how fast I drive. Just how vigilant I am while doing driving.
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I don't think it will change a thing other than during inclimate weather. People will always drive beyond their means.

There are many people out there who have no patience and will drive faster than everyone else just to get a spot or two ahead of the others.
That will always end up being over the speed limit. It is the flow of traffic that drives them to this.

Then there are the procrastinators. Those who are always in a hurry because they think they can make it somewhere in the least amount of time. So they are pushing the limit of legal +5 speed to make up time. So expect most of the flow of traffic to go about 5 miles over whatever is posted.

Nothing here is of any value, just stating the obvious.

If they raise the speed limit on the freeway then that means they have to raise the speed limit on the Texas Motor Speedway during Laps for Charity, WHOOT!!!!
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If they raise the speed limit on the freeway then that means they have to raise the speed limit on the Texas Motor Speedway during Laps for Charity, WHOOT!!!!
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The speed limit honestly doesn't dictate how fast I drive. Just how vigilant I am while doing driving.
That's how I feel.... A higher speedlimit just means a lower chance at getting a ticket...

But, the 85mph would more than likely be applied to the west texas highways, like the current 80mph (Or did they lower it?) limit is over there. I shutter to think what an 85mph speedlimit would be like in houston.... I could handle it no problem, but there are SOOOOO many crappy drivers here
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