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View Poll Results: Which will be the next state to raise maximum speed limit to 80 mph?
Arizona 12 13.33%
Colorado 4 4.44%
Idaho 0 0%
Kansas 4 4.44%
Louisiana 0 0%
Maine 1 1.11%
Montana 21 23.33%
Nebraska 4 4.44%
Nevada 7 7.78%
New Mexico 9 10.00%
North Dakota 4 4.44%
Oklahoma 7 7.78%
South Dakota 3 3.33%
Wyoming 5 5.56%
Other (specify) 9 10.00%
Voters: 90. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-05-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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Eastern Montana, Nevada, or Nebraska. They're all SO BARREN.
I've seen even truckers going well above 90 on some of the straight stetches of I-80 or Highway 50 across Nevada. It's such a long desolate stretch across that state that it basically invites drivers to speed on through it.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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Maybe even Georgia. As I recall, they were the first eastern state with 70, when I-75 became all 6-lane.

I think Utah is already 80 on some interstates. It's not listed in the poll.

Speed limits in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are only two places in the US where a 10-mph deceleration is required on an interstate: Idaho into Oregon on I-84 and Maine into New Hampshire on I-95.

Many years ago, there was a big deceleration going from Illinois into Kentucky. Illinois had a 65 limit at all times on all highways, and Kentucky had 55 daytime and 45 night. So crossing from Illinois to Kentucky at night, you had to slow from 65 to 45. Interesting that after 60 years, with the development of all the interstates, Illinois speed limit has remained the same, at 65.

Prior to 1974, the speed limit in Illinois was 70, with 65 limits around the Chicago area.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:51 AM
 
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I don't see any places raising speed limits anytime soon.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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Interesting map.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...eed_limits.svg

Oregon needs to raise it's speed limit to 70 on the Interstates... Basically, my rule of thumb is that I'll usually go about 5-10 mph over the speed limit on average. So, I won't go faster than 75 on I-5 or I-84 through Oregon. In Washington I'll usually drive 75-80 mph on I-5. However when the speed limit is 75 or 80--I'm not going to drive 85-90 mph. So really just raising the speed limit is sort of just accepting the reality of how fast people drive on the Interstates.

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Old 11-05-2012, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Prior to 1974, the speed limit in Illinois was 70, with 65 limits around the Chicago area.
You're right, it was 70. Then dropped to 45 in Kentucky at night.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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I second that.. also, urban areas in California should have a speed limit of 70-75, not 65 as traffic already moves at those higher speeds..
65 mph is actually fairly generous for an urban area. Most major East Coast cities have a speed limit of only 55 mph in urban areas.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:45 AM
 
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Most major East Coast cities have a speed limit of only 55 mph in urban areas.

Clearly underposted for a freeway.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:47 AM
 
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Oregon needs to raise it's speed limit to 70 on the Interstates...

Why not 75, the speed limit in Oregon prior to 1974?
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Rhode island should have 80 mph speed limits
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
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Why not 75, the speed limit in Oregon prior to 1974?
Seriously, +10000

I hate driving in the Pacific Northwest for that very reason. On my 3-4 driving trips up to Oregon and Washington, I'm always irked by not only how low the speed limits are, but how strict the highway patrol is up there in enforcing them.

As soon as I cross the CA-OR state line, everyone automatically slows down. It's sort of annoying, considering most of Southern Oregon is pretty desolate except for Medford and Grants Pass.

I wouldn't mind NOT having speed limits in the same style as Germany for some highways, but that would require having competent drivers on the road with a strict process for getting a driver's license. Remember people: driving is a privilege, not a right.
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