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Old 02-24-2021, 01:24 PM
 
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Does the “nine you’re fine, ten you’re mine” philosophy apply to how much over the speed limit you can drive?
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Old 02-24-2021, 05:06 PM
 
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I drive 9-10 mph over the limit between Houston and Dallas. The cops don't move. I have been hit twice with tickets for driving 11 mph over the limit. You have to be careful with that cruise control, when you start going downhill.

I would be careful, if you are crossing the state border without Texas plates. There seem to be many Louisiana cars pulled over on I-10 at the border, as soon as they cross the border. It's been several years, since I have been in that area. Things might have changed.

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Old 02-25-2021, 03:49 PM
 
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It completely depends on where you are.

In a school zone, 20 MPH, they'll pop you got going 2 miles over.

Some jurisdictions are stricter than others, and some cops are stricter than others.

Typically, going 7 miles over on highway speeds is safe.
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Old 03-02-2021, 01:01 PM
 
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Ditto on the Louisiana border. Speed limit drops, pavement quality drips, speed enforcement increases on both I-20 and I-10.



To your question, do you mean legally or illegally ... I won't say what I've gotten up to, but to your question the police can ticket for anything over, so it's up to the officer. Typically, smaller town will get you for less as there is less volume of drivers to drive revenue; and maybe it keeps them from having to ticket a local who they may know personally. West Texas, you may get a pass in long deserted stretches for under +10. Personally, if I have a visual on a squad car +5 or less. Motorcycle cops tend to be traffic enforcement, and carry laser guns which are very accurate, so I stick to the limit.
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Old 03-02-2021, 02:39 PM
 
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the speed limit is the fastest u can legally go.
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Old 03-02-2021, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX, born + raised SF Bay
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The cops here do tend to be slightly lenient; I think Texas is “culturally” predisposed to driving fast, probably because the state is so incredibly big. As mentioned, you do want to be careful in school zones; at least in my neck of the woods, not many kids even walk or bike to school, so whether they are or not, they come across as thinly veiled ticket machines.

With regards to the Louisiana state line, I would say it’s Louisiana which does the strict enforcement thing more so than Texas.

I’ll also say that while moving here from California - with California tags - we weren’t harassed one bit, although we were also keeping the speed down. IIRC this was before the state moved to 75mph speed limits on much of the interstate system. I think we kept right at 65mph.
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Old 03-02-2021, 06:03 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA>Tijuana, BC>San Antonio, TX
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My experience is don't speed in the city. Between cities, 9 miles over is usually fine.
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Old 03-02-2021, 10:01 PM
 
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See people routinely driving 80-85 in a 70 on I35 near San Antonio. Like hundreds of people per day.
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Old 03-02-2021, 10:03 PM
 
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In a school zone, 20 MPH, they'll pop you got going 2 miles over.
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No one is going to pull you over for doing 22 in a school zone. Heck, people's speedometers might vary by that much. Over 5-7 over, and they might.
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Old 03-02-2021, 10:40 PM
 
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I haven't been ticketed yet, but here is what I do.

55 Zones (Freeway) -- No more than 65 MPH
55 Zones (Non-Freeway // rural) -- No more than 60 MPH
55 Zones (Non-Freeway // urban) -- Speed limit
65 Zones (Freeway) -- No more than 70 MPH unless the general flow of traffic is moving faster and its apparent that I'm impeding
65 Zones (Non-Freeway // rural) No more than 70 MPH period.
65 Zones (Non-Freeway // urban) -- Speed limit
75 Zones (Freeway) -- No more than 82 MPH
75 Zones (Non-Freeway) -- No more than 80 MPH, prefer to stay at the speed limit
80 Zones -- No more than 85 MPH
85 Zones -- I've done 90 a few times, but don't feel comfortable about going by a cop doing that. Recommend staying at 85.

Between Austin and DFW I set the cruise to 82 MPH in the 75 zones and am often passed like I'm sitting still... ...Like here: https://youtu.be/ApgQtcE6TNI

Between DFW and Louisiana on I-20 I also stay at 82 but people are often doing 90+ I hardly ever see a cop along that stretch.

Overall, I travel across country pretty regularly by car, from my perspective - TX has one of the more lenient police forces in the country. Louisiana is the state I hate speeding through.

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