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Rural (TX) highways get boost to 80 mph (Armadillos and feral hogs hit hardest)
Dallasnews.com ^

Posted on 05/25/2006 4:27:13 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe

AUSTIN – Yeehaw! Texans who brag they do things bigger and better are about to go faster too.

State transportation officials on Thursday boosted speed limits on two stretches of rural highway from 75 mph to 80, leaving wandering armadillos and feral hogs a split-second less time to avoid becoming roadkill.

It will be the highest posted speed limit in the country. New speed signs should be up in the next few days.

And while state officials say the roads can accommodate it, safety and energy conservation advocates warn it will cost lives and hit drivers in the wallet at a time of spiking fuel prices.

(Excerpt) Read more at dallasnews.com ...


TOPICS: Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: armadillos; feralhogs; roadkill; speedlimit
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1 posted on 05/25/2006 4:27:16 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Yeehaw back to ya! Just in time for summer vacation!!!


2 posted on 05/25/2006 4:28:40 PM PDT by AprilfromTexas
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Does this mean we can go 89 now?


3 posted on 05/25/2006 4:29:47 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg

You are correct!


4 posted on 05/25/2006 4:30:46 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

I guess these hogs are REAL road hogs.


5 posted on 05/25/2006 4:31:44 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Lunatic Fringe

the biggest problem with this - tires. alot of people drive around with inferior tires, run to over 80MPH in that heat, there are going to be alot of blowouts and high speed crashes.


6 posted on 05/25/2006 4:31:58 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: Lunatic Fringe
I travel a lot between San Antonio and Dallas. I just wish to God there was an OPPORTUNITY to go 80 mph.

Or even 60.

Hillsborough. I hate going through there!

7 posted on 05/25/2006 4:32:07 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (A Moose Once Bit my Sister. Yeah. She Turned Moose-lim.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Leprosy in wild armadillos.

Truman R.

National Hansen's Disease Program, DHHS/HRSA/BPHC, LSU-SVM, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, USA. rtrumal@lsu.edu

Wild nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus) in the south central United States are highly endemic natural hosts of Mycobacterium leprae. Surveys conducted over the last 30 years on more than 5000 animals confirm that the infection is present among armadillos in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Highest prevalence rates are found among the animals in low-lying alluvial and coastal areas, primarily in Louisiana and Texas.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=16248207&dopt=Abstract


8 posted on 05/25/2006 4:32:18 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: AprilfromTexas

I've been driving around rural west Texas the past couple weeks and have not seen one armadillo or feral hog on the roads... But I did hit a patch of little prairie dogs crossing the road.


9 posted on 05/25/2006 4:32:31 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

10 posted on 05/25/2006 4:33:23 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: oceanview

POOOMPP them UUPPPPPP. A little "overinflation" never hurts in those conditions.


11 posted on 05/25/2006 4:33:42 PM PDT by Paladin2 (If the political indictment's from Fitz, the jury always acquits.)
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To: oceanview

Mine are rated for 130+ MPH. :-)


12 posted on 05/25/2006 4:33:44 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: Responsibility2nd
"I travel a lot between San Antonio and Dallas..."

Take 281 - just don't speed between Lampasas and Burnet.
13 posted on 05/25/2006 4:33:50 PM PDT by decal (My name is "decal" and I approve this tagline)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Is the speed limit for Democrat legislators fleeing the state to avoid a quorum is still 120?


14 posted on 05/25/2006 4:34:02 PM PDT by SmithL (I voted)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Ya, and if Hillary has her way speed limits will go back to 55mph nationwide to conserve gas.


15 posted on 05/25/2006 4:34:28 PM PDT by diverteach
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To: All

16 posted on 05/25/2006 4:35:00 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: Lunatic Fringe

It will be tough on the Jackalopes too.


17 posted on 05/25/2006 4:35:12 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Having my own CAR-15 in RVN meant never having to say I was sorry....)
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To: AprilfromTexas

Now they're going to have to make up a new law in order to gain back the lost revenue from speeding tickets.


18 posted on 05/25/2006 4:35:23 PM PDT by KurtZ (The walrus was Paul)
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To: diverteach
Ya, and if Hillary has her way speed limits will go back to 55mph nationwide to conserve gas.

Well that's just dumb. Lower speed limits in cities means more congestion, and that means more gas consumption.

19 posted on 05/25/2006 4:35:37 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Last time I drove through west texas, I was cruising along, listening to the stereo...not a care in the world. Glanced down at the speedometer, and I was doing...

145.

"Holy HECK!" This is not a ticket, it is jail time.

So I slowed down to 80, and put it on cruise control. I felt like I was CRAWLING...lol hard to judge speed in a desert.

20 posted on 05/25/2006 4:35:44 PM PDT by patton (What the heck just happened, here?)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

But, but, but... Hillary 'I am the new Jimmah Carter' Clinton says the speed limits should be reduced to 55 mph to save fuel.


21 posted on 05/25/2006 4:36:38 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: MindBender26

I saw a huge jackalope today. He was a 6-point and must have stood 4 feet tall.


22 posted on 05/25/2006 4:36:39 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Just in time to turn loose the Mini Cooper 2 weeks from tomorrow. Got to drive from Cal to Kerrville and I'll crank it up as I pass thru El Paso.


23 posted on 05/25/2006 4:37:08 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: NYTexan

Paging the Dillo Wreckers


24 posted on 05/25/2006 4:37:53 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (www.hirecaseymears.com/sections/prospectiveemployers/ openthecheckbook.html)
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To: decal

I did that once (take 281). It was OK, just more small towns to slow down for. I think I'll have to try it again.


25 posted on 05/25/2006 4:38:06 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (A Moose Once Bit my Sister. Yeah. She Turned Moose-lim.)
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To: CindyDawg

I have been driving 80 since they raised the speed limit to 65. I think my vehicle would throw a rod if I pushed it any further!


26 posted on 05/25/2006 4:38:47 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup (Retreat Hell, We just got here!)
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To: AprilfromTexas

Heck I work and drive in the Southern Ohio area and everybody drives 80 around here all the time.


27 posted on 05/25/2006 4:39:44 PM PDT by Recon Dad (Force Recon Dad)
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To: patton

OK now. My BS meter is going redline. Just WHAT were you driving that does 145?


28 posted on 05/25/2006 4:40:08 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (A Moose Once Bit my Sister. Yeah. She Turned Moose-lim.)
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To: Recon Dad

Well, the logic behind this was that TX DOT determined that 85% of drivers were doing 80 MPH, so hey let's raise the limit to 80.

Do they not understand that most people on the highway do about 10 MPH over the speed limit?


29 posted on 05/25/2006 4:41:29 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Armadillos don't pose much of a problem but hitting a feral hog at eighty could be a disaster on both sides of the bumper.


30 posted on 05/25/2006 4:41:40 PM PDT by FreePaul
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To: Allegra; humblegunner; Eaker; Flyer; Xenalyte

PING.... and watch out for slow armadillos.


31 posted on 05/25/2006 4:42:01 PM PDT by dougmilner
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Last time I was down there I only saw them driving 80 mph twice. Once going up through it, once when they were braking back down to exit.


32 posted on 05/25/2006 4:42:13 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: patton

You must have had a really old car, or else a digital spedometer if it went up to 145.


33 posted on 05/25/2006 4:42:37 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Revel

FWIW, my '92 SVX dials up to 160. The car only tops out at 145 on the books but I've never had it close to that. Officer.


34 posted on 05/25/2006 4:44:16 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Responsibility2nd
Mustang 300 gt convertable, 2005 version. brand new. Manual transmission, 300 hp engine, etc. Suspension designed by Jaguar.

A superbowl Mustang.

35 posted on 05/25/2006 4:44:29 PM PDT by patton (What the heck just happened, here?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I know, that's a frustrating stretch of highway!! One is lucky to drive up to the speed limit.


36 posted on 05/25/2006 4:44:45 PM PDT by AprilfromTexas
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To: Responsibility2nd
Avoiding the Georgetown/Round Rock/Pflugerville/Austin/Buda mess is more than worth it.
37 posted on 05/25/2006 4:45:00 PM PDT by decal (My name is "decal" and I approve this tagline)
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To: Responsibility2nd; patton

Maybe Patton was looking at KPH instead of MPH.


38 posted on 05/25/2006 4:45:03 PM PDT by FreePaul
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To: Lunatic Fringe

I remember when Texas and Nevada had no speed limits and no more accidents then the rest of the country. It really pi**ed me off when they cut the speed limit down it the 70s and I had to drive across Texas at 90 and keep one eye out of the cops!


39 posted on 05/25/2006 4:45:09 PM PDT by calex59 (No country can survive multiculturalism. Dual cultures don't mix, history has taught us that!)
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To: Revel

2005 mustang.


40 posted on 05/25/2006 4:45:10 PM PDT by patton (What the heck just happened, here?)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Crossin' the highway late last night,
He shoulda looked left and he shoulda looked right,
He didn't see the station wagon, car,
The skunk got squashed and there you are!
(Chorus)
You got yer
Dead skunk in the middle of the road,
Dead skunk in the middle of the road,
Dead skunk in the middle of the road,
Stinkin' to high heaven!
Take a whiff on me that ain't no rose!
Roll up yer window and hold yer nose,
You don't have to look and you don't have to see,
'Cause you can feel it in your olfactory,
(Repeat Chorus)
Yeah you got yer dead cat and you got yer dead dog,
On a moonlight night you got yer dead toad frog
Got yer dead rabbit and yer dead raccoon,
The blood and the guts they're gonna make you swoon!
You got yer dead skunk, in the middle,
Dead skunk in the middle of the road.
Dead skunk in the middle of the road,
Stinkin' to high heaven.
C'mon stink!
(Fiddle break)
You got it,
It's dead, it's in the middle,
Dead skunk in the middle!
Dead skunk in the middle of the road,
Stinkin' to high heaven!
All over the road, technicolor man!
Oh, you got pollution.
It's dead, it's in the middle,
And it's stinkin' to high, high heaven!
(Fiddle fadeout)


41 posted on 05/25/2006 4:45:33 PM PDT by David Allen (the presumption of innocence - what a concept!)
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To: dougmilner; Eaker
That stretch is on I-10 just west of Kerrville.. right on the way to the deer camp.

Eaker always drove 85 there anyways.

42 posted on 05/25/2006 4:46:27 PM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: FreePaul

nope.


43 posted on 05/25/2006 4:46:28 PM PDT by patton (What the heck just happened, here?)
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To: WestCoastGal

LOL, that pics a keeper!


44 posted on 05/25/2006 4:46:50 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: patton
85 on the Oklahoma Turnpike a few months ago. Passed like I was backing up by two Oklahoma State Troopers in Crown Vics at probably 110. Lot of wind whistles from the antennae as they went by...
45 posted on 05/25/2006 4:47:32 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Allen In So Cal

Enjoy the trip!! Even 80 across West Texas is too slow...


46 posted on 05/25/2006 4:47:50 PM PDT by AprilfromTexas
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To: Responsibility2nd

Just WHAT were you driving that does 145?

Yeah, and if it's one of them thar expensive foreign jobs, how much do you earn and are you single (I have a daughter...)


47 posted on 05/25/2006 4:49:12 PM PDT by hardworking (Me? I just work to earn a living, pay taxes, educate my kids...so what could I possiblty know?)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

We don't have armadillos to concern ourselves with. We do have deer every mile or so to contend with.


48 posted on 05/25/2006 4:49:45 PM PDT by Recon Dad (Force Recon Dad)
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To: patton
Sweet!

I had a chance yesterday - at auction - to buy a 2003 Mustang GT - 5 speed - yellow convertible

With only 21,000 miles.

It sold for $17,400

Shoulda bought it.

49 posted on 05/25/2006 4:50:31 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (A Moose Once Bit my Sister. Yeah. She Turned Moose-lim.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

I can handle idiot dillos who commit suicide by jumping up into your car, but not feral hogs. Hitting one of those is like bashing into the side of a house.

BTW, doesn't everyone drive 80 minimum out in West Texas anyway?


50 posted on 05/25/2006 4:50:34 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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