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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 11-06-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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Why not 75, the speed limit in Oregon prior to 1974?
I've got no problem with raising it to 75 mph either...

That's basically how fast I drive on I-5 and I-84 outside of the few urban areas with reduced speed limits along the route--mostly just parts of the Willamette Valley. There's a lot of speed traps in Oregon these days though---south of Portland on I-5 towards Wilsonville is a bad stretch.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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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.
While posted lower, urban interstate speeds in practice are dizzying. The traffic moves as fast as it dares, and the police ignore it unless you are driving like a conspicuous menace, and it would take a cop with a death wish to even try to catch up with you. For example on the Dan Ryan in Chicago, a traffic flow of 80 is common when cars are so tight it is hard to change lanes.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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I-90 in Washington State from Bellevue to North Bend, and then again from about Easton to Spokane needs to be raised to at least 75, if not 80 MPH.

Also in Washington, there are sections of Highway 2 (particularly from Cashmere to Wenatchee!) that should be raised, and large sections of I-5 that should also be raised. The highway from about the Elma area to almost all the way into Aberdeen (can't think of the # off the top of my head) could also stand to be raised, as can the stretch of interstate between Yakima and the Tri-Cities.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:39 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I've got no problem with raising it to 75 mph either...

That's basically how fast I drive on I-5 and I-84 outside of the few urban areas with reduced speed limits along the route--mostly just parts of the Willamette Valley. There's a lot of speed traps in Oregon these days though---south of Portland on I-5 towards Wilsonville is a bad stretch.
I drove I-84 from Portland to Salt Lake City back in 2005 and after going through the Columbia Rivver Gorge I had wondered why the speed limit wasn't any higher than 65. Especially past Pendleton all the way to the Idaho State line its mind numbingly desolate, should be 75mph, even 80. But alas Oregon is the the only Western state with a 65mph limiy on all of its freeways. Weird.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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None, except on private turnpikes .
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Orlandooooooo
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Hopefully Florida since we already drive 80-85 anyway
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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I drove I-84 from Portland to Salt Lake City back in 2005 and after going through the Columbia Rivver Gorge I had wondered why the speed limit wasn't any higher than 65. Especially past Pendleton all the way to the Idaho State line its mind numbingly desolate, should be 75mph, even 80. But alas Oregon is the the only Western state with a 65mph limiy on all of its freeways. Weird.
I drive on I-84 through the Gorge and further east a lot during the year--and it's funny that a lot of the time the out-of-state drivers(especially all the folks from Washington) will drive 75-80 mph or faster, while the Oregon drivers will drive much slower... The same is true for I-5 as well--people will sit in the fast lane barely going the speed limit while everyone else is passing them on the right...
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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Hopefully Florida since we already drive 80-85 anyway
It probably won't be Florida. Florida is only 70 mph, and with the state's high amount of traffic, I don't think they will jump to 80 mph let alone 75. In my poll, I only included states that currently have 75 mph speed limits.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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I've traveled comfortably at 90-95 mph in New Mexico, and that's on non-interstate highways. US 70 between Las Cruces and Alamogordo comes to mind immediately. 54 between Roswell and Vaughn. Or 550 between Bernalillo and Bloomfield minus Cuba. There's no reason the speed limit shouldn't be at least 85 in New Mexico.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I believe Colorado will soon be lowering their speed limit to like 30 or 35, or like, whatever man
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