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Old 10-16-2018, 08:21 AM
Status: "They'll still be called the Seattle Supersonics, dudes" (set 14 days ago)
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Why the need to be in such a hurry all of the time? Need to get somewhere sooner? Just leave earlier! The highest posted speed limit anywhere in my current state (Alaska) is 65 and on my recent trip to NM it took a while to adjust to going faster. On I-25 between SF and LV I often found myself "poking along" at 65 just because that's what I'm used to. I just stayed in the right lane and no one bothered me....just sped on by. And if you reduce it to a math problem you will find that you don't really gain a whole lot of time with 10-15 mph more of speed.

I agree with akpls. I'm approaching senior age, and I drive a 2011 Kia Soul 5-speed, though I'm fixin' to trade in on a Nissan Sentra SR Turbo. I think that car will be great for in the city and on the highway - it'll get the Kia Soul's ghastly mileage but be a more comfortable rig overall.

As for high-speed travel on our freeway system, hey, if you can go 80mph safely I say go for it. But if I don't want ta go 80mph, leave me alone if I only want ta go 65mph. Because frankly, there's times that 65mph is fast enough for me. I'm not a cruise control kind of guy - I like to vary my speed. And watch out for truckers who love to exceed the speed limit. The spots on I-10 between Willcox, AZ, and Deming, NM, are wide open and you can go 75mph. But some truckers don't understand that 75mph means 75mph, not 85mph. I wish speeding tickets upon truckers like that.

I was going 75mph in the right hand lane and I was in the area specified above on the NM side, traveling towards Lordsburg. This trucker came up behind me and basically tried to run me off the road - and I was going 75mph! He went right in front of me dangerously close to my car. I then gunned it and passed him by quickly going in to the fast lane. I then sped up to 80-85mph to just put some distance between myself and him.

What a moron! That's what I'm talkin' about. I don't think the posted legal speed limit means anything to this dork at all. Like I said, that's one of the reasons State Patrols exist, to tickets morons like that one.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:36 AM
 
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It's not so much of being in a hurry. It's that in much of the western United States and parts of the Great Plains (especially South Dakota), speed limits on interstates have been raised to 80 mph because of very good visibility and not much traffic on some highways. I-25 between Socorro and Las Cruces has hardly any traffic, and same with the stretch between Raton and Las Vegas. And I think those stretches ought to have their speed limits bumped up to 80. It's the same reason much of I-10 in Texas between El Paso and San Antonio is 80 mph, same with I-20 between its western terminus and Midland/Odessa.
The 80 stops further west than Midland-Odessa on I-20 in Texas.
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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There's no need to raise the speed limit -- everyone drives 80 anyway.
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:21 PM
 
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I think N speed limits are for the most part reasonable.


The problem is the out of state Texans who reoutinely ignore the speed limits even in the urban interstates.



Most of US 60 west of Socorro is 65MPH, once you are past Socorro, and except for Magdalena.


Following the speed limit til you get out of town will make all of 20 seconds difference, which you can usually make up on the empty stretches. Almost NEVER see any LEO presence on US 60 once west of Magdalena.
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Old 12-29-2018, 07:33 PM
 
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US 412/US 56 from Springer to Clayton was only posted as 60 when I was on it. Ridiculous considering that's it's 80 miles with great visibility and a wide shoulder. Anyone know why the limit there is so low?
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Old 12-30-2018, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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US 412/US 56 from Springer to Clayton was only posted as 60 when I was on it. Ridiculous considering that's it's 80 miles with great visibility and a wide shoulder. Anyone know why the limit there is so low?
Haven't been on that in almost 20 years, but I remember great visibility and almost zero shoulder. So either the shoulder isn't as wide as you claim, or more likely, they improved the road but kept the speed limit appropriate to the old shoulderless version.

Deer and Elk might also be a factor.
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:32 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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US Route 54 through New Mexico
File:US Route 54 in New Mexico.JPG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_54#New_Mexico
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...New_Mexico.JPG




Looks a bit narrow....



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Old 12-30-2018, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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US-54 varies across the state with 70mph and 4-lane divided at the south end, improved widths and wide shoulder in the mid sections with 65mph stretches, narrowing as it approaches the northern extremities.
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:55 AM
 
Location: NP
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Why is everyone in such a hurry?
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:59 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Why is everyone in such a hurry?
I ain't...
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