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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 11-03-2012, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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With the recent increase of the speed limit to 85 mph on a Texas tollway, I decided to do a poll - which state do you think will be the next to raise its maximum speed limit to 80 mph?

In my poll, I included all the states that currently have a 75 mph maximum speed limit.

If I would guess, I would probably say Montana. However, Wyoming would be a close second for me. Early this year, there was actually a bill that would have increased Wyoming's speed limit to 80, however, it died in congress.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:18 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Montana on I-90 and I-94 on the plains east of Billings. It's pretty much straight and flat roads and very sparsely populated.

Western Nebraksa and Kansas are good for that too, though there is a lot of interstate trucking commerce along I-70 and I-80 so maybe not.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Oklahoma
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:57 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Eastern Montana
California:
I-5 in the Central Valley should be 80 mph as long as they direct the slow drivers to 99 or 101
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Great Plains
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Eastern Montana. In 1996 when the federal government lifted the restrictions, Montana set the speed limits as "reasonable and prudent." which gave flexibility due to traffic, conditions, and other factors. It was repealed some time later and speed limit of 75 was established.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Suburbs of Cleveland
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Eastern Montana, Nevada, or Nebraska. They're all SO BARREN.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:26 AM
 
Location: 602/520
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Arizona. We've already had proposed legislation to raise the speed limit on Interstate 10 to 85 MPH. Who knows if it'll ever happen, but the proposal is out there.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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Kansas had 80mph speed limits prior to 1974. Why that state did not return speed limits to pre-55 levels speaks of revenue generation. I am still waiting for Ohio to raise the Turnpike speed limit to 75mph, like it was pre-1974.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_l..._United_States

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.

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Old 11-05-2012, 10:48 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Eastern Montana
California:
I-5 in the Central Valley should be 80 mph as long as they direct the slow drivers to 99 or 101
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..
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