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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 07-03-2013, 10:21 PM
 
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Utah is an interesting case. About five years ago they tested a short section in central-south Utah on I-15 at 80 MPH. Since then, they have opened up many more miles beyond the test area. I would be interested to know if fatalities and/or accidents have increased since these changes.

Accidents have decreased since the 55mph limit was abolished in the mid-1990s.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Battle Creek, MI
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Michigan's 70mph freeway speed limit is illegally underposted. State law requires speed limits be posted at 85th percentile measured vehicle speeds. The average speed on I-696 in Detroit is 85mph, well above 70. And that is in an urban setting. Michigan used to have many 2-lane roads posted at 65mph before the 55mph nonsense started in 1974.

Yep and i believe that was one of the cited reasons for raising it if i recall correctly? Another was a study that was done which showed most of the accidents on the freeways were caused by those doing the speed limit or slower.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Detroit
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Michigan's 70mph freeway speed limit is illegally underposted. State law requires speed limits be posted at 85th percentile measured vehicle speeds. The average speed on I-696 in Detroit is 85mph, well above 70. And that is in an urban setting. Michigan used to have many 2-lane roads posted at 65mph before the 55mph nonsense started in 1974.
85? wow. I would love to see MDOT raise the speed limit. I travel across the state quite a bit and it sure would cut my commute time down a bit (I usually go about 10 miles over anyway). But I doubt they will change anything for the Detroit area. I'm just be happy that the 55 speed limits are only in the city and not the entire urban area.

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Yep and i believe that was one of the cited reasons for raising it if i recall correctly? Another was a study that was done which showed most of the accidents on the freeways were caused by those doing the speed limit or slower.
Yeah, going the speed limit or lower around here will get you cut off ALOT, and maybe ran off the road. Idk if most of these people that drive slow are from somewhere else or not but they should realize that they should keep up with the flow of traffic, especially in an urban setting.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:08 PM
 
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Before 1974, Texas was 70/night: 65 trucks 60/night: 55 and then again from 1996-1999 on most rural highways, yet most farm to market roads kept the pre-nmsl truck limit all the way until 2011. It was repealed elsewhere fall 1999. New truck speed limits were brought back as early as February 2002 on I-10 and I-20 to read TRUCK speed limit 70/night:65 this time. differential speed limits car/truck were abolished by December 2011. Trucks were allowed to go 60/night: 55 from 1987-1999 on interstates, 1996-1999 on US/state two lane highways. 1996-2011 farm to market roads, now trucks can go 70-75 on most FM/state/US highways, 75-80 on interstates , even 85 on TOLL 130 go figure.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:14 AM
 
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Illinois just raised theres to 70mph.....FINALLY.

I find the urban speed limits the most entertaining. In rural areas it's 70mph and people tend to go around 75mph. In the urban areas of Chicago it's 55mph, but if it's possible people will normally and very gladly go around 80mph.

Speed limit drops when coming into the urban area.....and everyone speeds up.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:52 AM
 
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California
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:47 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Maybe it will be "none of the above" and Michigan will be first?

Lawmakers look at raising speed limits to 80 mph in Michigan | The Detroit News
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:38 AM
 
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Which ever state goes to 80 I predit is a Western state or Great Plains state, since all the Western states now have a 75 mph speed limit.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:36 PM
 
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Which ever state goes to 80 I predit is a Western state or Great Plains state, since all the Western states now have a 75 mph speed limit.

Oregon is 65. Washington is 70. California is 70.
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Old 01-07-2015, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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Sorry to bump an old thread, but it looks like Montana might indeed be the next state:
Montana State Lawmakers Want to Increase Daytime Speed Limit to 85MPH

Back to the poll, I'm a bit surprised that Arizona is in second place. I doubt it will be Arizona, since Arizona law states that any speed of 85 mph or greater is considered criminal speeding regardless of the posted speed limit. That law would have to be changed if Arizona were to raise its speed limit to 80 mph since there would need to be more than a 5 mph buffer.
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