• Apr 7, 2011
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and now it seems everything might be faster too. The House of Representatives in Texas has approved a new transportation bill, and it includes legislation that would allow the Texas Department of Transportation to raise speed limits to 85 miles per hour. The state's Senate is presently considering a similar measure.

The DOT cannot simply go out and slap up a fresh new set of 85-mph speed limit signs. Both engineering and traffic studies must be done before motorists are given a green light to those increased speeds. Don't feel too bad for those speed-restricted Texans, though. 85 mph wouldn't be much of a stretch for Texas, since the state already enjoys 520 miles of highway with an 80-mph speed limit.

[Source: Chron.com | Image: University of Michigan]


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      borichica33mar
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know about Texas, but here in Florida there are far too many Idiot drivers! I don't get it, but they seem to find innovative ways to crash into each other on a straight stretch of highway doing 55! Personally I'm all for 85mph speed limits on all our highways. slower traffic just best learn to keep to the right!
      Mark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perfect! Just in time for $5.00 a gallon gas!
      jjessi
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL I thought that was the norm on i-95
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a lazy-a$$ photo chop.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When the speed goes up so does the car insurance, you may get there fster, but your wallet will be a little lighter too
      • 3 Years Ago
      *Think of the children!*

      I still want to see a 100mph day, 80mph night.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alright, 85 mph limits on roads that can take 'em. So will Texas increase taxes to actually *deliver* roads that can take the pummelling? Or will it only do so on Federally funded sections of road?

      Or maybe they could raise funds by requiring a higher standard of roadworthiness for its residents' vehicles? In fact, that in itself would reduce the amount of traffic on roads, which would mean 85 mph would be a real proposition on more roads; higher limits everywhere.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kudos to Texas,then by all rights the minimum speed limit should be 60,right?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is why we have so people that act without thinking. First, we purchase so much of our oil from countries that HATE us. We spend billions and billions on oil. We don't care about your argument that it's my money if I want to spend it on gas I can. No one gives a crap how you spend your money. Whats at stake is since your buying more gas than the American Taxpayer buys more oil from those hateful countries. So raising the speed limit causes the United States to buy more oil.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I got to be honest.... as much as I love the idea of raising the speed limit to 85 MPH, I don't think I would be able to go that fast if I'm too worried about fuel consumption.

      And then there's the problem with truck and SUV drivers hogging the left lanes on the freeways at 55, refusing to do even 60 MPH.

      And then there's the problem with distracted drivers. The morons who yap and text on their phone constantly while driving. If we give those idiots the ability to do 85 MPH while being distracted as hell, things could turn ugly within a nano...

      ...on the other hand, this should reduce the amount of idiotic speeding tickets people get on the freeways by desperate cops.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good, I hope other states follow. It's absolutely absurd that speed limits haven't changed much in the past 50 years, considering how much safer and more stable automobiles are these days.

      With stability control and moden tires/suspensions, driving 80-100 mph is like driving 40-50 mph in a car from the 70's/80s...
        • 3 Years Ago
        I did an experiment a few weeks ago, in which I drove 60mph instead of my usual 70 to and from work. I have a very early commute, so traffic is, at it's worst, light. Even in the afternoon, I'm on the road right after the main lunch rush is over with.

        My 35mpg car continued to get 35mpg average. The same variance as it shows in my log book, which has nearly 2 years of mpg figures (and fuel costs) written down. This week will be lower, since I think I got some water in my tank when I got gas during a severe storm monday.

        Considering that my car is geared poorly, having a 2400rpm torque peak yet 65mph (the local limit on the highway) has the engine turning at 3000rpm (the automatic version turns at 2400rpm at the same speeds). This with a 6 speed manual. I still beat out the auto version, which my mom drives. She averages 31-32mpg, with a 34 peak. Mine is 34-35 average, with a 37 peak.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You make some HUGE assumptions.

        1.) That everyone has newer cars. Despite the fact that the average vehicle on the road is 9 years old...
        2.) That everyone maintains their vehicles to the rather high level of standards necessary to travel at those speeds for extended periods of time.
        3.) Let's not even get into the fuel wasted at speeds above 75 mph.


        Personally, I would rather go without speed limits and have a minimum required speed of 55 mph, and a keep right except to pass law. The problem is that what I want would require WAY too much thinking on the part of the average American driver...
        • 3 Years Ago
        "3.) Let's not even get into the fuel wasted at speeds above 75 mph. "

        How is that your business? If it takes more fuel to go fast, then fast folks will pay at the pump. If you don't want to pay for more fuel, stay in the right lane and cruise efficiently, and leave the passing lane free for those whose time is worth more than the extra fuel burned.
        • 3 Years Ago
        When I am on a 15+ hour road trip, the last thing I care about is how much fuel I am consuming by traveling >55 mph. I have found that the faster I drive, the more attentive I am because I have to keep track of the cars ahead of me and know how to navigate through the traffic on those long road trips.

        But that is just my .02. As a resident of Texas, this makes me happy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ mapoftazifosho: Go to Connecticut. They have exactly what you just described. Wonderful highways to drive on.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Given a grand touring car with:
        - 3.0l engine with good torque
        - 0.6 top-gear OD in the trans
        - 0.29 Cd aerodynamics

        The mileage penalty at 75+ mph is very low. 30 mpg on unbroken highway should be possible at speeds up to 90 mph, keeping the rpms below 3k.

        OTOH, an econobox with a torqueless 1.5l engine, 1:1 top gear and 0.35 Cd will suffer greatly at those same speeds because it'll be buzzing 5k with an open throttle.
      can\'t drive 85
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I started driving 30 plus years ago it was scary just at 55 especially getting on and off the freeways. Now it's no different.
      You turn your signal on & they close the gap.
      You get to close behind them, they slam on the brakes.
      You want on the freeway & the person in front of you is going 45.
      Now you want to make it 85 in Texas, which by the way I do have to drive some of those highways.
      I drive 73mph on a regular bases & it eats my gas up, bleeds my wallet dry.
      So sure raise it to 85 mph, but start buying stock in the fuel industries cause they're going to make bank with people fueling more often.
      Get stock in the banking industries that have overdraft protection, cause people aren't going to have the money in bank & are going to need to fill that empty tank.
      Hey while we're at it, lets buy some life insurance on our kids just getting there liscence. I personally don't think that they would be able to handle that speed & drive defensively to avoid an accident or animal crossing thier highways.
      Along with that might as well invest in the funeral homes too, cause they're qaruantied to have more deaths driving 85.
      Oh yea don't forget the car insurance agencies do you really think that your car insurance is going to be the same if you live in or around the areas? Hell no! Expect more money coming out of your pocket for that.
      Do I think this is a smart idea NO NO NO.
      With everything else going on in the world you would think that they would be smarter and instead of raising the speed limit to 85 try to pass something that would benefit us financially and not break, or literallly kill us, but then again the whole idea might just be that Texas feels that they are to over populated and need to reduce.
      Stupid People! Stupid Ideas! Not enough people looking at the bigger picture.
      Plus my Grandparents and Parents still drive the highways and hey not just mine drive me crazy by how slow they go, and they scare real easy on highway and thier reflexes aren't like they use to be.
      But who am I?
      Just one person who doesn't feel like being forced to drive faster then comfortable nor have anyone come up behind me forcing me to drive recklessly, because I'm not going fast enough for them and I can't move over.
      Then when they finally get passed I get that all but ever so polite Middle Finger.

      Sighned just one person against the increase. Think about it, really, is this smart!!!!!
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