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Old 07-19-2010, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Summer driving season is here. For many motorists, that means hours spent crawling along parched beach highways or getting stuck behind slow-moving RVs in national parks. But on a few stretches of road around the country, drivers will stomp their accelerators and traffic will move at sustained speeds of 90 miles per hour or more.

Can't drive 55? These roads are for you - Travel - Seasonal Travel - msnbc.com
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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"The top speed that Inrix has clocked this year on Route 79: 115 miles per hour" Thats it. I mean thats fast, way over any speed limit but still really not very fast for many cars these days. I have gone faster then that. For a road that has a lot of speeders that does not seem too fast too me. Now the Autobahn that is a road to drive! That was fun! And safe. America's speed limits are too low. These are not cars from the 1950s and 60 when the 55mph speed limit was made. Any car these days can safely be driven at 70mph on most highways. (Ask Europe 120km is about 72mph and thats the highway speed limit) I think all freeway highways that have a 55mph limit should be 65-70 and 65-70mph limits should go up to 80mph. The few 80mph shoud be 90-100mph for cars not trucks of course.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Go West! Kansas is 70mph, many spots in Colorado are 75mph.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Go West! Kansas is 70mph, many spots in Colorado are 75mph.
Florida has 70mph highways also. So 80mph is safe without having to worry about a ticket.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Go West! Kansas is 70mph, many spots in Colorado are 75mph.

Is this some sort of joke? If you go 1mph over in any of these western states they slap you with a heavy ticket. These are some of the slowest moving places i've ever been through
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:28 PM
 
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Is this some sort of joke? If you go 1mph over in any of these western states they slap you with a heavy ticket. These are some of the slowest moving places i've ever been through
The Colorado State Patrol was a partner in our safety program where I used to work. Their standard on interstates with light traffic, clear roads and weather, was they'd let you get away with 6-7 mph over, anything over and you were a good risk to get pulled over. Conditions bad, roads bad, tailgating, fast lane changes, etc, could open you up to more scrutiny. They could cite you for driving too fast for conditions even below the speed limit.

Kansas is pretty bad, if you go 5 mph over that's it. However the tickets are not too expensive. My dad got tagged for 16 over and I think it was $60.

Wyoming and Montana are pretty open however.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Raising your speed from 65 to 78 represents a 20% increase in the distance you car travels in your reaction time. It has the same effect as continuing to drive 65 after having enough to drink to slow down your reaction time by 20%.
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:20 AM
 
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"The top speed that Inrix has clocked this year on Route 79: 115 miles per hour" Thats it. I mean thats fast, way over any speed limit but still really not very fast for many cars these days. I have gone faster then that. For a road that has a lot of speeders that does not seem too fast too me. Now the Autobahn that is a road to drive! That was fun! And safe. America's speed limits are too low. These are not cars from the 1950s and 60 when the 55mph speed limit was made. Any car these days can safely be driven at 70mph on most highways. (Ask Europe 120km is about 72mph and thats the highway speed limit) I think all freeway highways that have a 55mph limit should be 65-70 and 65-70mph limits should go up to 80mph. The few 80mph shoud be 90-100mph for cars not trucks of course.
55 MPH? Welcome to the 80s. Why would that anachronistic limit even be mentioned in this news blip? Generally I see 70 MPH, maybe 65 MPH in some states, 75 MPH in some states, lower in high density or urban areas (50 or 60 MPH).
I don't think it was 55 MPH in the 50s or 60s however where they? I remember 70 MPH in the 70s, then dropped to 55 MPH in the late 70s and 80s, then back up to 70 MPH on most stretches of highway.
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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55 MPH? Welcome to the 80s. Why would that anachronistic limit even be mentioned in this news blip? Generally I see 70 MPH, maybe 65 MPH in some states, 75 MPH in some states, lower in high density or urban areas (50 or 60 MPH).
I don't think it was 55 MPH in the 50s or 60s however where they? I remember 70 MPH in the 70s, then dropped to 55 MPH in the late 70s and 80s, then back up to 70 MPH on most stretches of highway.
I did not know that. But most urban highways I drive on are 55mph, Miami-Dade and DC area. Some highways in DC are 45mph!!!!! It is crazy speed limits are way too low.

Thankfully here in South Florida they police seem to be pretty nice with the limits. No one will pull you over for 10 or less over unless your in a 30mph residential area. I even passed a Florida Tropper going 83 in a 55 but on that stretch of road since he didnt light me up I am thinking he was looking for the guy going 100mph which happens often on those roads. Thats why those numbers posted in the link do not seem very fast to me.
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:55 PM
 
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I did not know that. But most urban highways I drive on are 55mph, Miami-Dade and DC area. Some highways in DC are 45mph!!!!! It is crazy speed limits are way too low.

Thankfully here in South Florida they police seem to be pretty nice with the limits. No one will pull you over for 10 or less over unless your in a 30mph residential area. I even passed a Florida Tropper going 83 in a 55 but on that stretch of road since he didnt light me up I am thinking he was looking for the guy going 100mph which happens often on those roads. Thats why those numbers posted in the link do not seem very fast to me.
The reason why speed limits are 55 mph in urban areas is because they know 99% of people are going to go faster, hence they have an excuse to pull over whoever they want.
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