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Old 06-28-2011, 05:42 PM
 
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Lawmakers OK 75-mph speed limit between Old Town, Houlton Maine Politics Bangor Daily News

Well, it's about time.
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Old 06-28-2011, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Maine
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You mean I've been speeding? You're right, it makes sense.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Nothing in front of me. Nothing behind me. Just the moose to look out for. On Sunday nights there are hoards of Canadian trucks moving south to make deliveries down the east coast on Monday mornings. They are hauling lumber, paper and fish; products that used to come from Maine.

Oh, the howls of protest that will result about the reduced miles per gallon in the overall fleet. There is no validity to that. Most people are doing between 70 and 75 now so there will be no change in fleet mileage. Watch out for the WalMart trucks. They will still be governed at 64 MPH.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:29 PM
 
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So what.. I've been driving that stretch at 74 mph on cruise control forever. WOW now I can kick it up by one MPH.... Useless. 90 would have been an improvement.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:35 PM
 
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When I travel in Maine the cruise control is set to the speed limit and rarely do I have to pass anyone, except those yapping on the cell or texting.

I'll venture a guess that this will bring most drivers up to around 90 mph in the area mentioned.

Holy Jesus on the dashboard, don't fail me now...
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Every now and again I have seen flashing signs that said 45MPH. Otherwise I rarely drive slower than 75 when driving on I95 North of Bangor.

There is a hill just South of Old Town where my pickup slows down a lot, I may not be able to climb it faster than 50 when I am hauling a full load of manure. If you pass a pickup heaped over with manure and loaded down on it's rear axles pulling a trailer with a farm tractor, just relax and wave. You will soon be past the aroma
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:56 PM
 
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When I travel in Maine the cruise control is set to the speed limit and rarely do I have to pass anyone, except those yapping on the cell or texting.

I'll venture a guess that this will bring most drivers up to around 90 mph in the area mentioned.

Holy Jesus on the dashboard, don't fail me now...
They say they will be enforcing the 75 mph limit and not allowing the usual "nine over". Which is why I say big deal as I set the cruise to 74 and have never had a cop so much as follow me between Old Town and Houlton. It's a one mile per hour law....Dumb...
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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When I travel in Maine the cruise control is set to the speed limit and rarely do I have to pass anyone, except those yapping on the cell or texting.

I'll venture a guess that this will bring most drivers up to around 90 mph in the area mentioned.

Holy Jesus on the dashboard, don't fail me now...
I'll have you know that I have no trouble at all driving in excess of 90mph while 'yapping' on the cell phone. I can do it while reading the latest issue of Uncle Henry's too.
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Old 06-29-2011, 03:11 AM
 
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This makes sense, most go over 70mph now, however, it will be interesting to see the "tolerance" of speeding enforcement, now you can drive 70-74mph, usually with no problem, many will go 80 after this is passed, but will 80-84 be tolerated? Which is not a big deal to me (as long as they dont wipe me out) but, come this winter, when the roads are slick, many inexperienced drivers and 4 wheel-drive yahoo's will be driving even faster putting others at risk around them(and they, themselves around the big trucks) (they do it anyways, but now at 10 more mph)
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:45 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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This makes sense, most go over 70mph now, however, it will be interesting to see the "tolerance" of speeding enforcement, now you can drive 70-74mph, usually with no problem, many will go 80 after this is passed, but will 80-84 be tolerated? Which is not a big deal to me (as long as they dont wipe me out) but, come this winter, when the roads are slick, many inexperienced drivers and 4 wheel-drive yahoo's will be driving even faster putting others at risk around them(and they, themselves around the big trucks) (they do it anyways, but now at 10 more mph)
It sounds like population control. Problem is, like you say, the morons could take out innocent drivers. But hey, they have 4WD. It's better in rain and snow. Right?
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