You should be able to drive across the Northwestern part of the United States a little more quickly in the coming months. Idaho and Wyoming have just passed laws to raise some interstate speed limits to 80 miles per hour.
The Idaho law goes into effect on July 1, but there could be a delay because the Idaho Transportation Department is still conducting safety surveys to decide where to raise limits. It might be late summer before drivers actually see a change. According to a report from local television news station KMVT, the department actually opposed the bill, but it was pushed through by the state's legislature. Now, the agency has to find a way to implement the change. (Scroll down to watch a video of a KMVT news broadcast explaining the development).

The Wyoming law also begins on July 1, and according to the Casper Star-Tribune, the state's department of transportation is conducting studies to decide where to increase speeds. It hasn't said when changes start. However, the department strongly believes the increase won't cause more accidents, but if it does, then the limits could be lowered.

Currently, Texas has the highest posted speed limit in the country at 85 mph along a 41-mile stretch of toll road between San Antonio and Austin. Texas and Utah have posted 80 mph on some other interstates as well. So if you're in the mood for some higher-speed interstate cruising, the answer is clearer than ever: Go West, young man.


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      SloopJohnB
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's not so much the maximum speed but rather the push for DOTs to actually do their job and analyze what is the proper speed for a given stretch of highway. Road condition, traffic density, kind of traffic (lots of trucks or mostly a car every ½ hour?), surface access rather than a cloverleaf every 36 miles (hear me, Binghamton, I81?), and last but not least, the speed that 85% of the drivers drive less than. If the speed limit is 70 but virtually everyone is passing you doing 85, then the speed limit is too low.
      bmw master technicia
      • 8 Months Ago
      new york's 55mph limit on the Long Island Expressway is horse ****. 70 sounds about right for us. CHANGE IT.
      b.rn
      • 8 Months Ago
      Good news, but now I wanna drive 110mph.
      Worx2749
      • 8 Months Ago
      Way back when, in 1970, while on a cross-country trip, I remember seeing 80mph speed limit signs in Kansas. Remember, this was in the drum brake/boat era.
      RobG
      • 8 Months Ago
      Some states are figuring it out, finally. Now if Oregon would get its head out of its ass and do something similar. They've been suck on 55/65 for decades. The idiot governor even VETOED a bill to raise the speed limits. Hopefully he gets voted out of office this Fall. But now if we could do something about the idiotic speed enforcement and have cops actually do something useful -- like go after the actual dangerous drivers.
        Matt Hopkins
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RobG
        I recently moved from California to Oregon. I think the cop to resident ratio here is about 1 to 1. But on the other hand, I haven't seen too many Oregon drivers who impress me. Their favorite thing is pulling out directly in front of oncoming traffic and then driving like they have all day to get to their destination.
      Shahul X
      • 8 Months Ago
      Man I have to move.....
      gayprof
      • 8 Months Ago
      Everyone drives 80 on the Mass Pike (speed limit 65) anyway. Just having been to Texas, drivers there also drive 80 on the interstate, so perhaps there states are just being realistic.
      Avinash Machado
      • 8 Months Ago
      Great.
      superchan7
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is fine for sparsely travelled roads in the countryside. But higher speeds require better lane discipline (especially on freight-heavy corridors as car/truck collisions are often deadly), and I'm afraid Americans aren't too good at that. Anything above 70 mph would never work in the developed coastal areas. People cause enough trouble at 65.
        thedriveatfive
        • 8 Months Ago
        @superchan7
        Funny as most people on I95 in the northeast drive along between 75 and 80 all the way from Maryland to NYC.
        SloopJohnB
        • 8 Months Ago
        @superchan7
        You make an arbitrary limit that is not based on objective analysis. However, I agree that speed limits should be based on geography and traffic density and type.
          superchan7
          • 8 Months Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          I only went up the typical 5 mph increment under the assertion that people already have insufficient discipline for the current speed limits.
        PTC DAWG
        • 8 Months Ago
        @superchan7
        Ticket the left lane bandits
        PTC DAWG
        • 8 Months Ago
        @superchan7
        Ticket the left lane bandits...
      SYMAWD
      • 8 Months Ago
      80 already seems to be the norm in NJ. Now only if that was the legal speed limit.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 8 Months Ago
      Great! 8 mph more and I can time travel.
      i.own.your.ass
      • 8 Months Ago
      Speed kills
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