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Old 02-04-2013, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Middlesex
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Originally Posted by AnonChick View Post
I'm not in favor of an increased speed limit, even though I can't stand driving at or under the current one. What I -am- in favor of, however, is a "front car rule" for the passing lane.

IF the front car in a line of traffic, is driving slower than the lane immediately to his right, then he is subject to a doubled fine for driving too slow.

No one belongs in the passing lane, unless they're either:

Passing someone
Preparing to pass someone
Cruising with no one behind him trying to pass someone or preparing to pass someone
Exiting or preparing to exit into a left lane exit
Entering from an left lane entrance.

ANYONE who is driving in the left lane, with someone behind him trying to pass him, should move over if it's physically possible, regardless of how fast or slow he is travelling.
my biggest driving related pet peeve. i'd have to add one to your list though..

.. a cop trying to get home at the speed of light.

as far as the speed limit goes, if they do up it to 75, i'd prefer they enforce it at 75. let's face it, right now most cops do allow up to 10 mph over the limit (i've gone past cops doing 72 in a 65 many a time without getting pulled over) so if they did the same at 75, there's a possibility of more accidents with people going that much faster than before.

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:40 PM
 
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Good. People will not drive faster if the limit is 75. The 50-55 limit on 95 is absurd.
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Actually, this brings to mind a completely opposite idea.

Rather than change the existing speed limits - keep them exactly as they are. BUT!

If the driver is speeding anywhere -other- than the fast lane, raise the fine.
If the driver is speeding IN the fast lane - reduce (but don't eliminate) the fine.

Tailgating should have fines and points doubled. And, people who slam on their brakes to scare tailgaters should ALSO have fines and doubled points for wreckless endangerment.

I drive too fast - but I do it in the fast lane, or in the middle lane if there's no traffic and no one ahead of me. It's a matter of respect, which unfortunately, too many CT drivers lack. And for that reason alone, I don't feel the speed limit should be raised. The lack of respect is already causing accidents. It'll just make it worse when they think they can "get away" with driving 10 MPH over the limit, when the limit is already 75.
There is NO excuse for exceeding the posted speed limit. Of course people will drive faster. People exceed 75 mph now. Even when 55 mph is posted. That's just being selfish and inconsiderate.

Regarding the poster for slamming on the brakes for tailgaiters: driving too close is wreckless endagerment. How do you know there's not a child, or a ball, or a deer, or anything else for that matter that runs in front of the car. You should NEVER be too close to stop. Period.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:55 PM
 
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I think it should be 85 as that's what most people do anyway.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Wow, some people are really uptight about speed. Must be the same ones I run into doing 60 in the fast lane on the Merritt.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:16 PM
 
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What we really need is more rigorous driver training.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I do track days and recently did a car control clinic at Lime Rock. They should be required. Driver's ed for most people is a joke.

Most highway accidents are not due to speed.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:39 PM
 
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I do track days and recently did a car control clinic at Lime Rock. They should be required. Driver's ed for most people is a joke.

Most highway accidents are not due to speed.
I've wanted to take a course at Lime Rock but I can't drive a stick. Tell me about these clinics.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:51 AM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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That's not true. Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina all have speed limits of 70. For speed limits of 75, yes, you must go out to Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, etc. I have also seen a speed limit of 80 in Texas on I-10 in the western portion of the state. And, I believe that TX-130 has a speed limit of 85, which is the highest in the nation. Trust me. I've driven almost the entire country with my car.
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I am pretty sure Maine has 75 mph speed limits. I know they have 70. Jay
I did say OVER 70.....and you are correct about Maine I corrected myself in a later post, they raised it to 75 last year.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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as far as the speed limit goes, if they do up it to 75, i'd prefer they enforce it at 75. let's face it, right now most cops do allow up to 10 mph over the limit (i've gone past cops doing 72 in a 65 many a time without getting pulled over) so if they did the same at 75, there's a possibility of more accidents with people going that much faster than before.
I don't know any officer in the state of CT that will pull someone over for going 75 or under, even in a 55 zone.

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There is NO excuse for exceeding the posted speed limit. Of course people will drive faster. People exceed 75 mph now. Even when 55 mph is posted. That's just being selfish and inconsiderate.
Wrong. Numerous studies have been done that said regardless of what the posted limit is, people will drive how they feel comfortable. Just because the limit goes up (or down) doesn't mean people's driving habits will change.

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Regarding the poster for slamming on the brakes for tailgaiters: driving too close is wreckless endagerment. How do you know there's not a child, or a ball, or a deer, or anything else for that matter that runs in front of the car. You should NEVER be too close to stop. Period.
Uh, slamming on your brakes for a tailgater can land you with numerous charges, such as reckless driving and assault with a deadly weapon (if they hit you). Your retaliation of slamming on your brakes is far worse, according to the law, than tailgating.

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Most highway accidents are not due to speed.
Exactly, and I'm trying to get the uninformed to understand this. Like I said in a previous post, accident's are usually caused by poor maneuvers (granted many of them are caused when trying to get around a slow driver) and/or distracted driving.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:44 AM
 
Location: In a house
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I don't know any officer in the state of CT that will pull someone over for going 75 or under, even in a 55 zone.
Just wanted to respond to this part here.

I got pulled over for going 72 in a 55 zone. I pled not guilty and took it to court. I got to Meriden, prepared to tell the judge that the officer didn't have a radar reading, and that I was going the speed of traffic, and the cop had actually passed me at one point during the stretch.

The cop didn't show up, and they nolled the ticket instead of giving me a chance to state my case. I went home with no ticket, no fine, no charge

BTW: I was going in excess of 72. Closer to 75. But there wasn't much traffic, it was mid-afternoon on I-91S in the Wallingford area, clear weather, clear road, I was in the middle lane, and someone had just passed me (indicating that I was, in fact, moving at the general speed of traffic). I'm not excusing my speeding. I speed. I like speeding, I don't apologize for it, I don't justify it. The above is an explanation of me, being a *responsible* driver, regardless of the arbitrary number on a speed limit sign.
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