View Full Version : Texas gets new 85 MPH speed limit!


RONIN LSX
09-04-2011, 05:00 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-04-12-1A85mph12_ST_N.htm

*Quoted from above link*

In Texas, which already has some of the nation's highest speed limits, the state House passed a bill last week allowing a speed limit of 85 mph on some highways. A similar bill is being considered in the Senate.

The Kansas Legislature on April 1 raised the limit to 75 on more than 1,000 miles of roads. The measure awaits GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's signature.

Highway-safety advocates are not speeding to embrace higher limits. "It shows we continue to, as a society, want to go faster," says Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Lawmakers are "willing to raise the speed limit even though we know that if people travel faster, we're going to have more deaths on highways."

He cites decreases in road deaths when the national speed limit was set at 55 in 1973 and increases when it was raised to 65 on some rural interstates in the late 1980s and again when the national speed limit was abolished altogether in the mid-1990s. Traffic deaths in the USA fell to 32,788 in 2010, a 3% drop from 2009 and a 25% decline since 2005.

Texas has more than 500 miles of highway with a speed limit of 80.

"If we have the ability and the budgetary resources to build new roads, that (85 mph limit) could be the case," says state Sen. Glenn Hegar, a Republican who introduced the Senate version.

Opponents say that if the speed limit is set at 85, most motorists will actually drive 90 or 95 mph.

In 2006, the state raised the speed limit from 70 or 75 mph to 80 mph on two highways in West Texas. A 2008 study by the Texas Transportation Institute, a research arm of Texas A&M University, found that in the 16 months after the increase, average speeds increased by 9 mph on one highway and by 4 mph on the other.

"If the speed limit is increased to 85 on certain roads in Texas, we will see a dramatic increase in the number of people that are severely injured or become fatalities," says Jerry Johns, president of the Austin-based Southwestern Insurance Information Service, an insurance trade association covering Texas and Oklahoma.

State Rep. Marvin Kleeb, a Republican who pushed the legislation in Kansas, says Kansas is the only one of 14 central or Western states that has no 75 or 80 mph limit. He says tourists and freight haulers avoid the state to make better time. "Of the 14 states that have done it, none have reversed themselves, so it's not an issue of safety concerns."

LS1-450
09-04-2011, 06:01 AM
F'ck, I'm moving to Texas. :D

98goldz28
09-04-2011, 06:33 AM
F'ck, I'm moving to Texas. :D

Need a roommate? :lol:

RONIN LSX
09-04-2011, 07:05 AM
Texas Speed.... here we come! I foresee a mass exodus to Texas in the near future, lol :D

bene
09-04-2011, 07:12 AM
yeeeeassss!!!

Whisper
09-04-2011, 07:46 AM
Its about time. Open highway speed limit settings have more to do with generating revenue than safety concerns.

senicalj4579
09-04-2011, 08:00 AM
Need a roommate? :lol:

Fuck it lets all get together and get a house down there im down :D

98goldz28
09-04-2011, 08:05 AM
Fuck it lets all get together and get a house down there im down :D

The only problem would be us all fighting over who gets to park their car in the garage...lmao

RONIN LSX
09-04-2011, 08:06 AM
I've read, and experienced it first hand for myself, that some European countries don't have posted speed limits and some have even don't away with traffic lights. Hell, some of the countries I've been in probably had no traffic laws at all lol...

RONIN LSX
09-04-2011, 08:07 AM
The only problem would be us all fighting over who gets to park their car in the garage...lmao

I have a crippled sticker so it's VIP all the way for me :P

Tainted
09-04-2011, 09:40 AM
We need more car fatalities, I like to call it population control.

96RamAirTA
09-04-2011, 10:38 AM
thats about what i usually do

NemeSS
09-04-2011, 11:08 AM
My avg dd is bout 80. Cops dont care much bout cars in my area. Most are DOT. Commercial vehicle enforcement.
In TX gas is plentiful. Roads are long, lot of open tollways, speed limts are high.
Houston sees snow once in a blue and it melts before it hits the ground anyway. So dont gotta worry bout snow roads and associated inconveniences
:judge:

SSmoken
09-04-2011, 11:12 AM
so now people will set their cruise on 90mph

JTtransAM
09-04-2011, 11:18 AM
gotta love Texas

ls1ya
09-04-2011, 11:35 AM
I down to move to tx. too. We can get a nice ranch style with like 5bds. 4 baths and at least a three car garage and carport for under 500k. here in los angeles you cant barely get a nice condo for that

1995blacktattop
09-04-2011, 12:45 PM
they need that in some areas out there. when i drove from FL to AZ i remember setting the cruise at 80 on I10 in west TX which at that time had a 70mph limit. i think i saw maybe one car every 20-30 mins if that. whole lot of nothing out that way.

Tx91z28
09-04-2011, 12:52 PM
I just hope they increase the limit on roads like I45, I35, I10 and 290 between the big cities in texas, but I doubt they will. It's great they are increasing it in west texas, but thats only going to affect a tiny percentage of texas drivers

RONIN LSX
09-04-2011, 01:05 PM
so now people will set their cruise on 90mph

Well here in FL, anything over by 16 is 4 points on your DL so I like to keep my cruise control just under that so if this law passed here, I'd set it around 98/99 :D

We have up to 70mph here so it's about 85mph for me in comfort cruise (meaning, not actively keeping an eye out for cops). In active cruise, I'm doing 100+ and I have my eyes glued to the road 5 miles ahead, lol.

BrntWS6
09-04-2011, 02:00 PM
F'ck, I'm moving to Texas. :D



Get rid of the 2 million illegals and I'm in.

LS1-450
09-04-2011, 02:12 PM
I've read, and experienced it first hand for myself, that some European countries don't have posted speed limits


That's the problem. European's understand which lane is for passing & which is for driving. For some reason, many here think that the passing lane is called the fast lane. I have no idea why. Isn't this taught in drivers' ed??? Others use the passing lane just to hang out & do their make-up or whatever. European's don't have to worry about some idiot moving into the passing lane doing 50 MPH in a 65 MPH zone...that is unless it just happens to be an American driving in Europe.

ULTIMATEORANGESS
09-04-2011, 02:42 PM
its easier to slow down to 85 at high speeds than 65 or 55. thats kick ass.

LS69TA
09-04-2011, 02:44 PM
It'll be nice if you're riding a bike. Doing 70 feels like you're crawling.

2000***camaro***ss
09-04-2011, 05:44 PM
its easier to slow down to 85 at high speeds than 65 or 55. thats kick ass.

holy shit i just realized thats so true...

X-ray
09-04-2011, 09:28 PM
Let's redo the whole interstate system with 10 lane highways, 5 lanes each direction. Lanes 1 and 2 are 65mph limit, lane 3 is 85mph limit, lane 4 100mph limit, and lane 5 unlimited. Cops main enforcements will be passing in incorrect lanes, and driving too slow.

Latch
09-04-2011, 11:28 PM
I don't understand why there's a speed limit at all in states like Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, etc. There's NOTHING in those states for mile after mile.

infinitebird
09-04-2011, 11:47 PM
I don't understand why there's a speed limit at all in states like Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, etc. There's NOTHING in those states for mile after mile.

Revenue.

726.0chevelle
09-05-2011, 12:22 AM
I made that boring azz drive across texas via 10 speed limit was 80 during the day however i set my cruise around 81 ish and got pulled over. cop said he pulled me over for going a lil over 80 in an 80 wouldnt tell me my speed but just was rude and gave me a warning ticket.

-Ross-
09-05-2011, 12:37 AM
I'm going 89 mph.

nassty00
09-05-2011, 02:11 AM
It'll be nice if you're riding a bike. Doing 70 feels like you're crawling.

+1 i wish those speed limits came down to this part of texas

IronOutlaw
09-05-2011, 02:37 AM
I made that boring azz drive across texas via 10 speed limit was 80 during the day however i set my cruise around 81 ish and got pulled over. cop said he pulled me over for going a lil over 80 in an 80 wouldnt tell me my speed but just was rude and gave me a warning ticket.

I would be pissed. In GA local law enforcement has to give you 10 over before they can ticket you. State troopers can ticket you for anything over the speed limit, but Ive never been ticketed by one.

2000***camaro***ss
09-05-2011, 02:53 AM
Let's redo the whole interstate system with 10 lane highways, 5 lanes each direction. Lanes 1 and 2 are 65mph limit, lane 3 is 85mph limit, lane 4 100mph limit, and lane 5 unlimited. Cops main enforcements will be passing in incorrect lanes, and driving too slow.

sounds chill and everything but im sure we'd all bitch when taxes go up to pay for that

LS1-450
09-05-2011, 07:12 AM
Other point to note is that modern cars perform better than many purpose built race cars of 20 yrs ago, as demonstrated on many car shows. So, the a modern car is better designed for the higher speed.

I know, I know, difference in driver skills & all makes 85 more of a challenge regardless of better technology, but, the technology does account for having a better chance @ higher speeds...

Hell, just give 'em a Mercedes. Mercedes obviously thinks their customers are a bunch of nit wits by the way their customers are depicted in Mercedes commercials. "I didn't see it coming, but, my Mercedes did." "Good thing my Mercedes hit the brakes or else I would have had to pay attention to the road & then press the pedal myself." OMG, :eyes:

X-ray
09-05-2011, 05:45 PM
sounds chill and everything but im sure we'd all bitch when taxes go up to pay for that

Pay for it? Naw, man. We'll just have Ben Bernanke pull the funds out of his magic money hat.