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Old 11-05-2019, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Putnam County, TN
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One thing that hasn't really been touched on is that topography plays a big role in what the speed limits are/should be. A rural freeway going through the mountains should have a lower speed limit than the same road crossing the prairie, for example. So it's hard to say what a statewide maximum should be, because some states have a variety of topography.
Exactly! That's why I think Middle and especially West TN are too slow. Yet, there are some (not all) parts of East TN that should actually be lower.
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Old 11-05-2019, 08:06 PM
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Perhaps you're not old enough to remember the national speed limit (max. 55 on all roads) that was imposed duringthe 1970s oil crisis. If you are, then you'll remember that the law was widely despised and often flouted. It was a lot like Prohibition: something that's good for society, but that most members of society didn't want. And I do believe that a society of free-born citizens can decide for themselves under what restrictions they are and are not willing to live.
I was there on Day two or three. I was living in Vancouver, BC and was driving down to California for American Thanksgiving.

The Governors of Washington, Oregon, and California (Evans, McCall, and Reagan) imposed the 55 MPH speed limit and turned out all the lights along I-5. Actually, Evans set the speed limit at 50 MPH, but later joined McCall and Reagan and raised it to 55 MPH.

IF people are unwilling to drive 55 MPH....then lets quit talking a climate change. 30% reduction in CO2 emissions at virtually no cost to consumers. The benefits are amazing.

Time to "go back to the past".

I loved the 55 MPH speed limit.
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Old 11-05-2019, 09:37 PM
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Location: Up North
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I was there on Day two or three. I was living in Vancouver, BC and was driving down to California for American Thanksgiving.

The Governors of Washington, Oregon, and California (Evans, McCall, and Reagan) imposed the 55 MPH speed limit and turned out all the lights along I-5. Actually, Evans set the speed limit at 50 MPH, but later joined McCall and Reagan and raised it to 55 MPH.

IF people are unwilling to drive 55 MPH....then lets quit talking a climate change. 30% reduction in CO2 emissions at virtually no cost to consumers. The benefits are amazing.

Time to "go back to the past".

I loved the 55 MPH speed limit.
I’m personally a climate change agnostic or something equivalent, but I do find it interesting that environmentalists have little to say on one of the easiest things we can do to reduce pollution and use of fossil fuels NOW. Electric cars aren’t going to fully replace combustion engine vehicles for a few more decades. So in the meantime......
If the average person who’s supposedly concerned about the environment still thinks it’s more important to get somewhere 5 minutes faster than it is to “save” the environment, then how serious can the problem really be?
For PR purposes alone they should be clamoring for 55.
I’ve stated my other reasons for lower speed limits due to the problems of modern traffic like congestion, distractions, crumbling and inadequate infrastructure, etc.. but I can’t stress them enough.
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Old 11-06-2019, 08:18 AM
 
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Iowa

Rural freeway/interstate: 70. Should be 75.
I think the Iowa freeway speed limit was 75 prior to 1974.
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Old 11-06-2019, 08:20 AM
 
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I loved the 55 MPH speed limit.
Then drive 55. You do not have to drive at the maximum allowable speed.
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:50 AM
 
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I think the Iowa freeway speed limit was 75 prior to 1974.
That wouldn't surprise me. There's absolutely no reason to be as slow as it is.

We were still at 65 less than 10 years ago.
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I would be fine with rural 2 lane highways in Oregon being set to 60 instead of 55. I know the State Patrol isn't worried about it. I set my cruise on 63 and have been followed by the police for miles and miles. No problem. I think I-5 should be 75 instead of 70. Our Subaru gets 30 MPG at 70 mph.
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Old 11-06-2019, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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IF people are unwilling to drive 55 MPH....then lets quit talking a climate change. 30% reduction in CO2 emissions at virtually no cost to consumers. The benefits are amazing.
Do you have a source for the 30 percent reduction statistic? In a quick search, what I found was a Dutch study that found that reducing the speed limit (from what?) to 80 kph (50 mph) would reduce transportation emissions by highway users by 30 percent. This, of course, is not the same as reducing all C02 emissions by that amount. The study also noted that reducing the speed limit to 90 kph (approximately 56 mph) would reduce highway emissions by only 21 percent.

https://www.ce.nl/publicatie/why_slower_is_better/948

The study noted that these were long-term reductions and assumed that a certain percentage of the population would choose to forego auto travel (as a result of the longer travel times) and would instead either switch to train travel or move closer to urban areas. And finally, the report noted that their findings were applicable only to the Netherlands and may vary elsewhere.

https://www.wired.com/2010/06/50-mph...urb-emissions/
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:27 PM
 
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That wouldn't surprise me. There's absolutely no reason to be as slow as it is.

We were still at 65 less than 10 years ago.
So were Ohio, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:52 PM
 
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So were Ohio, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
They're all east of the Mississippi and have larger populations/more traffic than Iowa. Pretty sure we were the last state west of the river to switch.
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