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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Texas the first state to go for 85 MPH

The 55 MPH or the "double nickle" was enacted for 2 reasons, 1 was to save gas because this was right after the OPEC embargo and the average American drove a car that had the handling characteristic of a land yacht and anything much over 55 would strain the suspension.  Also the second reason was for safety..this was the advent of car safety Nazi's movement lead by Ralph Nader.  Much has changed since that time.  Cars have gotten much safer and much better handling.  The average car can easily handle the higher speeds effortless.  The average person normally runs at speeds approaching 80 and there are people like me that operate at higher speeds.  My brother has commented that "You ain't happy unless you are going 20 over the limit"  Well that is true...after spending 5 years in Germany on the Autobahns I have a certain style of driving that is distinctly German.

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Can't drive 55? … 65? … 75? How about 85?
A stretch of Texas highway may soon be the first road in the country to have a posted 85 mph speed limit.
The Texas Department of Transportation said this week that part of a toll road being built between Austin and San Antonio will be tested to see if motorists can safely push it to 85.
"It was designed under extremely high design parameters," Darren McDaniel, the state's Speed Management Director told WOAI radio.
Texas and Utah are the only states with 80-mph limits on some roadways. But Texas turned heads when lawmakers gave the green light to go to 85 if needed.
"The higher the speed limit, the more accidents there are, the more injuries and the more deaths," Jerry Johns, president of the Southwest Insurance Information Institute, told Reuters last year.
Eighty-five mph would be the second-highest posted speed limit in the world, according to the European auto rental firm Rhino Car Hire, Reuters reported. Some roads in Poland reportedly allow speeds of about 86 mph.
Texas hopes the faster toll road will help relieve one of the country's most congested interstates, between Austin and San Antonio.
"It's in a straight, flat area," TxDOT spokesman Mark Cross told Yahoo. "Safety is a priority. We want to make sure people understand that."


  1. For years Montana had 'Prudent Safe Speed' as the limit! :-) And if you're NOT doing 85 out there today, you're stuck in the right lane. Just sayin...

  2. Here in GA especially on the Atlanta Perimeter, if you ain't going 85...you better be in the right lane...


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