A new law is going on the books in Texas that will simultaneously eliminate the state's lower nighttime speed limits and raise the potential maximum speed limit to 85 mph. The 85 mph limit will be limited to rural areas, while most places will see a max of 75.

Apparently, increasing to 75 will require that a study be done to make sure it's safe to do so, but we can't imagine it being too exhaustive.

While there is some apprehension that the increased limit will make the highways more dangerous, the change means getting across the Lone Star State might not take three days anymore.


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      zrosum
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's just an opinion but I think texting and cell phone talking are more dangerous than speeding. It Texas wants to raise the limit, more power to them. Let the cops chase the a-holes blocking the left lane while they update their Facebook page while behind the wheel.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zrosum
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      NissanGTR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Left lane hoggers is such potential for big business ticket wise, I dont see why cops havent look into it yet.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        Because they have to be caught. By the time a cop chugs through the line of traffic behind the left lane hog the hog has often seen the light and moved over, and others are moving over too for the cop. The hog just says he was moving over with everyone else. Tough to prove in court without a photo.
          kevsflanagan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          You might be surprised with the obliviousness of some of these Left Lane Hogger's. Once seen a State Trooper ride the tail of a car for a good half mile before he flashed his lights and they moved. For me I don't stay in that lane and ESPECIALLY if a Trooper is coming up behind me I usually move over ASAP 'cause you just never know if they had a bad day or not lol. Plus the left lane shouldnt be a "cruise lane" its there for passing.
        kevsflanagan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        +10000000000000000000!! Sadly I think for the most part Police officers don't think its worth while since I'm assuming the ticket is so small in cost. Which again goes into Police mentality of revenue generators rather than public safety. To me its the reason why most people end up speeding and doing reckless things on the highway. They get stuck behind a slow driver(s) in the left hand lane, can't even get over to the right hand lane safely due to that lane now going faster than them and their level of well "reasonableness" gets tossed out the window. Ignoring anger issue's obviously it does get on some peoples nerves enough to become reckless.
        Zondaracer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        100% agree.
      PiCASSO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Although this is a completely different state, I would like to know the point of the double nickel speed limits here in the Chicago area, other than revenue for the Illinois state. Everyone, including grandmothers in the far right lane is doing at least 65 mph. On average, I see myself doing 75 to 80 mph, and sometimes traffic may pass me by at 85 to 90 mph. What is the point of 55 mph speed limit within and outside of Chicago?
        Erzhan Kz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PiCASSO
        Speed tickets are cash cows for local cops.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PiCASSO
        Safety. Morons with cell phones and everything else from violins to trumpets to lipstick/mascara applicators. 55 is arbitrary but minimizes carnage.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SloopJohnB
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      s.andreasson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Between Palm Springs and Phoenix, about 80 with cruise control works best, regardless of the limit. Forty years ago I routinely drove 100 mph, on the autobahn. American drivers and roads are not safe at 100, however. Good for Texas. Keep to the right unless passing, and it should work.
      M
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you drive slower than me, You're an Idiot...If you drive faster than me, You're Crazy...!!!
      UPS man Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      MOST people are bad drivers. As a Texan, I can assure you, the vast majority of drivers here in Texas don't see driving as their primary activity while they're driving. I can understand elevated speed limits, especially out in West Texas, where the metro areas are far apart. However, it seems most people I see driving 85 mph are those in heavily populated areas, weaving in and out of traffic, passing on the right, texting, on their phones, etc.....
      Judah Richardson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't describe how ecstatic I am to hear this. It's not to have a state that realizes that speed is the only way to cover vast distances in a timely manner.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dead bodies in Texas is nothing new.
        rex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Very, very true thanks to our open borders policy now in place. Mex military and police now joining the cartels in crossing the borders. You have to be here to know how bad it is. As the media gives cover to the current open borders policy.
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rex
          You know damn well that there is no "Open Border Policy". Sarcastic tirade begins: Start exterminating all the drug addicts in America, problem solved. You cannot solve any problem by attacking it midstream, got to find the root cause and eliminate it. That, or close the borders and shoot any one caught entering the US illegally. That takes care of the repeat offender problem. Hell just declare war on Mexico and take the whole damn country. We invaded Iraq because it was deemed to be a threat to our national security. I say the same applies to Mexico.
      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should up the driver's ed - I don't know a lot of people that have been trained to drive triple digits at night. Just because your car can do 100 mph doesn't mean the driver has the experience to do so. Also, there will be a small number of people who don't maintain their vehicle to safely travel at very high speeds, safety inspections will be more critical than ever.
      Zondaracer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I used to live in Texas and I remember cops pulling people over for only 3+ over the limit. I also remember that most drivers did not even reach 80mph on the sections designated for 80. I think that a double barrier protection like those used in Europe is really necessary in a situation like this (even at 65mph) and it would allow 85mph with a reduced danger of an errant car crossing the median.
      RJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure the government safety study will show no changes in accidents, injuries or fatalities, since the posted limits are already being exceeded and are closer in reality to the new limit.
        Jared Schwager
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RJC
        That just means people will drive that much more over the new limit so they should probably be studying safety for 95 MPH instead.
          AnalogJesse
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jared Schwager
          Which isn't that big of a problem either. The difference between going 85 and 95 when hitting a deer is pretty small. Plus, with people driving faster, they actually spend *less* time on the road, which should also be accounted for when doing studies on issues like these.
          illnever tell
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jared Schwager
          I have my doubts about that one. I have a feeling a good portion of people will not be comfortable driving 95 mph, especially if there are any reasonable curves in that road. And even if they do go 95, they'll hit a curve and there'll be hard braking from 95 down to 45. It'll be a mess. At least thats my initial impression.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those deer and armadillos won't stand a chance now crossing the road
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