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Texas House approves 85 mph speed limit, fastest in the U.S.

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  1. Apr 8, 2011 at 8:07 PM
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    With the UK considering an 80 mph speed limit on its motorways, the great state of Texas is poised to one-up the Brits (and most of the world) with an 85 mph limit on some interstates .






    As it stands now, most highways in Texas are limited to 70 miles per hour, with about 520 miles limited to 80 mph.
    House members in the Texas legislator have approved a measure to authorize the Texas Department of Transportation to begin the process of raising speed limits to 85 mph. The Senate must still approve the plan, but observes say passage of the bill is likely.
    “They have high-speed roadways in Europe, and there could be some merit in having some of those highways in Texas,” said Rep. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham, who introduced the bill. “Given the right engineering, we should consider it.”
    Legislators like Kolkhorst believe there are roads in Texas that are engineered well enough to safely allow for even higher speeds. For example, Rep. Joe Pickett, El Paso, said of a section of the 10 highway that it “is as nice a road as you can build; it’s flat with a long line of sight, wide lanes and good shoulders.
    Critics to the proposed changes include automotive insurance companies, like Jerry Johns, a representative for Southwestern Insurance Information Service. Johns argues that the change will make the roads unsafe. “Obviously, the two things that kill most people on our highways are speed and alcohol. Increasing it to 85, or even 75, will have a dramatic impact on the death and injury rate on those highways where it’s implemented.”
    Johns was so adamant about his claims that higher limits automatically leads to more injuries and deaths, he added, “but 85 mph is simply too fast to drive even on a flat road. Any little hitch can cause an accident at that speed. There is still traffic on those roads, and to drive 85 mph is simply ludicrous.”
    Johns has apparently never heard of the autobahns, the famous freeway network in Germany with no speed limits on significant stretches and an impressive safety record.




    http://www.leftlanenews.com/texas-house-approves-85-mph-speed-limit-fastest-in-the-u-s.html
     
  2. Apr 8, 2011 at 8:09 PM
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    I swear I've seen some 85's in montana... Maybe they were 80 It's been awhile
     
  3. Apr 8, 2011 at 8:10 PM
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    chris4x4

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    What about cars that cant go that fast?
     
  4. Apr 8, 2011 at 8:11 PM
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    not that ive seen 70 to 75. 85mph thats moving.
     
  5. Apr 8, 2011 at 8:22 PM
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    Ive been on a few of the 80 MPH roads and those are crazy... this is gonna be insane..... :woot:
     
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    Awesome!! Gotta love TX for their pure lack of giving a shit haha
     
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    You're right I looked it up it's 75 in montana.
     
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    This is awesome! does that mean you can run 90 before you start getting tickets?
     
  9. Apr 8, 2011 at 8:33 PM
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    yeeeahhh!!! move out the way here I come!!!
     
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    yup

    allow me to remind all the naysayers of the time when Montana did not have daytime speed limits at all. Once speed limits were put in, accident rates went up

    http://www.motorists.org/press/montana-no-speed-limit-safety-paradox

    Most important information


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    Nevada at one time also had no daytime limits.
     
  11. Apr 8, 2011 at 8:42 PM
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    my dad told me about montana not having a speed limit. he said the sign said 'whatever is reasonable and prudent'.
     
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    Lucky, highest posted speed limit here is 60, and we have posted speed limits of 45 in some places on the highway.
     
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    When I was growing up, they never had an enforced speed limit at all... About 15-16 years ago I think they re-instated the speed limit on Highways.
     
  14. Apr 8, 2011 at 9:18 PM
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    My poor toyota is at 3200 rpm's at 70 mph don't think i could push it anymore pass that :(
     
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    and it was all due to some jackass from California

    http://caselaw.findlaw.com/mt-supreme-court/1110919.html

    summary from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_limits_in_the_United_States

     
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    I remember Montana not having a speed limit. My dad was driving 80 or so and people just blow on by, me being 15 or so telling my dad to step on it.
     
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    Odd that they do this when gas prices are going up... isn't that the big case for speed limits?

    I always hated the "speed kills" slogan, it doesn't kill, lack of attention and hesitation is what kills.
     
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    For those who aren't from here, this is only going to be in the middle of no-where parts of west Texas, miles and miles of desert. Unfortuantley for me, this won't affect mine or nearly 99.9% of Texans daily commutes.
     
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    It won't effect me.
    The state has lowered the speed limit on a couple of roads I drive on! A real PITA. :facepalm:
     
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