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Old 10-01-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Maine Writer - I remember that very well - Jesse and Joel - I think it was 1983 and they were driving one of the guy's sister's corvette. Very sad.

I think the 75 limit is kind of scary with so many texting (regardless of the law against it) and using cell phones. Just imagine this at night in the rain or snow. I think I will avoid that stretch of highway as much as possible.
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Old 10-01-2011, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Maine Writer - I remember that very well - Jesse and Joel - I think it was 1983 and they were driving one of the guy's sister's corvette. Very sad.
I googled the date. October 4, 1980. Thirty one years later, it's still remembered. Such a shame. The car belonged to a car dealership (owned by the Briggs family, can't remember the name of the dealership; one of his sons was a friend of mine and we spent a lot of time cruising in different cars) that allowed employees to use vehicles. An aunt was using it and let them take it for a ride.

[/quote]I think the 75 limit is kind of scary with so many texting (regardless of the law against it) and using cell phones. Just imagine this at night in the rain or snow. I think I will avoid that stretch of highway as much as possible.[/quote]
Imagine the stretch near Old Town in winter when so many go off the road into the median. Now add 10 miles. At 75, some will push their luck at 85 once the newness wears off and the state police have stopped running radar regularly.
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Old 10-01-2011, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Dade City, Fl.
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I think its ok for cars but think they should limit big rigs to 55.....or maybe 65.
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Also considering the inexperience of drivers 16,17, 18 at night in the rain while texting - driving 75 or more scares me to death. It will be interesting to see if fatalities increase in the next few months. It is just so curious why most everyone is in such a hurry. Can't you just leave for your destination a bit earlier? Oh yes and this sucks up way more of our $3.50 a gal. gas.
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Sector 001
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on rural interstates I don't see it as a problem. I don't like when laws are changed because 1% of the population act like idiots, that's just darwin at work if they text in the rain going 80mph, not watching where they are going. On a rural interstate, the chances of them harming someone else in the process are fairly low.

I don't like people like the trucking industry trying to impose nationwide 65mph speed limits on everyone. Mind your own business and live and let live.

Funny how in Maine people see nothing but trees, but out here we see everything BUT trees. I can see how having nothing but forest to stare at would get boring, despite my annoyance with the lack of trees out here. At least I can look around and see distant stuff, sometimes 25-30 miles out depending on the road and elevation.

The limit here is 75 on interstates and 65 on state highways or two way interstates. 55 County roads. I can't imagine putting along at 55 or 65 on the interstates out here.

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Old 10-01-2011, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I think the speed should be lower in cities, but out rural? Oh yes, 90MPH or bust.

I am amazed at seeing so many drivers who like to park their vehicle 20 yards out onto the merging lane. Right within the last couple car lengths before the lane disappears totally, they stop their vehicle completely. Forcing everyone behind them to either jump into traffic and pass them, or else stop too.
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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The speed limit in most of the West and Midwest was 75 until the energy crisis of 1973; Congress imposed a national 55 mph limit in 1974 IIRC. Everyone, including me, pushed it to 85 or 90. In the summer of '73 I drove from Omaha to Waldo County -- 1720 miles at the time -- in 24 hours flat, including stops for gas and meals. I did 90 mph all the way across Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio before hitting the 55 mph speed limit on the New York Thruway. Even then I could fade in behind a semi and cruise at 65 or 70.

So yes, if the limit is 75, expect people to push it to 85. With texting and cellphones, I also expect more fatalities and accidents in general.
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Dade City, Fl.
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As Sammy Hagar put it....I Can't Drive 55..................................
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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I think its ok for cars but think they should limit big rigs to 55.....or maybe 65.
Actually the ones that NEED that speed ARE the big rigs. They are trying to make money with the loads and the sooner they get their the more they make [also many have a deadline to make to get the stuff there.]

MOST TTunits today are designed to be more effecient around 70 to 80 MPH. Trouble is too many sma vehicles don't realize the weight of these rigs and think they can stop in 10 feet or less like the can,OR turn on a dime.




Someone was asking about the merging and why some stop. Well if you got some retard who won't move over in another lane then you gotta stop or slam into them. [I've had to stop at a merge as the fools were cruising along in the left lane and refused to slide over to let others merge]. I learned long ago when coming to a merge to slide over [if safe to do so] and let the newcomers in. Some drivers forget their manners when driving, it's me frst and the hell with the rest of you.
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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As Sammy Hagar put it....I Can't Drive 55..................................
Double-nickels won't get you fined.

Double-double-nickle gets you arrested every time.

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