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Old 08-14-2006, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Hello, I was wondering if there's once again a speed limit on interstates in Montana. I remember hearing about that new law a few years ago about no speed limit in the daytime, perhaps in the late 90's. I believe someone might have answered my question in a round-about way but I didn't really understand.

If it doesn't exist anymore, what happened? Any problems, someone get elected, too many fatalities, coincidence or was it Californians? (kidding about the last one, sorry )
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Old 08-15-2006, 04:10 PM
 
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Cool Montana speed limit

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Hello, I was wondering if there's once again a speed limit on interstates in Montana. I remember hearing about that new law a few years ago about no speed limit in the daytime, perhaps in the late 90's. I believe someone might have answered my question in a round-about way but I didn't really understand.

If it doesn't exist anymore, what happened? Any problems, someone get elected, too many fatalities, coincidence or was it Californians? (kidding about the last one, sorry )
All states now have maximum limits. In Montana and a number of other very rural states it's now 75 mph. It's been here for a number of years, and yes, the highway patrol does ticket speeders in the western states; no, it is not safe to drive 75 on mountain passes and in snowy/icy winter (i.e., speed limits are MAXIMUMS for perfect road conditions); and yes, people roll off the interstate and kill themselves when they ignore the limits and weather conditions too often.
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Old 08-17-2006, 04:13 PM
 
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The reason for the speed limits is that the federal government threatened to pull our transportation funding if we didn't have a speed limit - so there has been one in place since sometime in the late 90s, I think. The cops are still relatively lenient about the speed limit, at least on days with good weather and visibility (and by lenient I mean that 80 or 85 is generally okay, but 90 is definitely not).

Don't expect to drive that fast through here in the winters, though. Oh, and when they say to slow down in the passes, do it - I saw a semi hit a bear once!
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Old 09-04-2006, 12:42 PM
 
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They implimented the speed limit back in 1999 or early 2000. When I first got to MT there was no speed limit, then I think that it is 75 now. I agree with the others dont expect to speed in the winter.
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Old 09-04-2006, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Sarasota
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The speed limit is in fact 75 on the interstate and 70 on local highways (two lane) one lane in each direction. Trucks are supposed to go slower but don't.
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