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A Texas Autobahn? State House Submits 85 MPH Limit Bill

Discussion in 'News' started by EV_de, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. EV_de

    EV_de Model SP10/XP9 EU ZOE#47

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    old (april) but i just seen it on TV .... takes 4 month to cross the pond :smile:

    http://wot.motortrend.com/texan-autobahn-66203.html

     
  2. AnOutsider

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    Sadly, I think a minority will ruin it. Older folks have to drive slow. Mix in some 2fast2furious teen zipping in and outta lanes with improperly inflated tires (and insufficient driving skill) and youve got a recipe for disaster.
     
  3. doug

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    85 mph doesn't sound that fast.
     
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    About 50 miles worth.
     
  5. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Having spent some time driving in Texas, this isn't newsworthy or a change. No one will ruin it since it doesn't change anything. It appears that Texas is merely changing the speed limit to what people already drive, especially over long distances through some pretty empty territory.

    Try staying at 55 through the wide open spaces of Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, etc. It's not going to happen.
     
  6. bobw

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    The distances in Texas make higher speeds worthwhile. There's no point in speeding when going across town. Google maps puts Dallas to Houston 270 miles / 4.5 hours. At least an hour of that time is Houston traffic. When the speed limit was 55 there was a real benefit in raising it to 75. I'm not so sure about an additional 5 mph. I suspect the legislators are just trying to count coup.
     
  7. AnOutsider

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    True (and the same happens here [in PA] on certain roads), but people tend to do at least 5-10 over. So an 85MPH speed limit might make folks think it's safe to routinely do 95.
     
  8. bonnie

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    110 mph is not uncommon in some of the areas I listed. I was pulled over once in a remote area of Nevada doing about that - no ticket when he realized I was local (at the time) - the highway patrol bought me a cup of coffee at the next town and then told me that the next section of highway had no one patrolling because someone was out with a broken arm, and 'to go as fast as you want'. So I did.

    I don't think making the speed limit 85mph will change many driving habits. That's all I'm saying.
     

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