Skip to comments.Was 70 mph a bad idea?
Posted on 07/20/2011 7:47:43 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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One of the highpoints of my life was approaching the Montana state line in a restored Nova SS and seeing a big sign that said “Speed Limit: Resonable and Prudent”.
Yeah, Mr. Neese, that’s good. Instead of taking the 70 mph Interstate that’s just as safe as when the speed limit was 65 mph, take the two-lane US 11 for 50 miles, get hung up in all the little one-stoplight towns along the way, take more time getting there, burn more gas, and have a higher chance of getting caught in an accident. Idiot.
I know those stretches of road. I-81 could stand to be widened to six lanes; speed isn’t so much the issue, as is a high amount of traffic, large trucks in particular.
Only the sign had “reasonable” correctly spelled. Lol.
Statistical noise and personal anecdotes.
Eisenhower wanted the Autobahn, and we got interstate bumper cars.
I had a couple of friends here in Michigan that had 396’s. You know, (graduate, work in the shop for a year and get drafted.)
I know the tire store knew these guys by their first names.
Shenandoah County Fire Chief Gary Yew said he has always thought the increase was a mistake. He is concerned about public safety, particularly in peak travel times, such as the current summer vacation period.
80 mph would be better
incresing the speed is rarely the problem. most freeways were designed for 50’s era cars to be able to travel that fast.
the problem is people travelling at different speeds. those stupid greenie hybrids are my biggest fear on the highway- they tend to drive well below the speed limit and cause rapid lane changes, other vehicle to slam on their brakes and general traffic backups.
I love the headline = “Was 70 mph a Bad Idea?” The drift of the article seems to be that they don’t know, they don’t have any hard facts, and other factors weigh into serious accidents as much or more than speed. Just another attempt to lower the speed limit, make us put on a sweater, tear the bandage off, and eat our peas.
Widen the damn road and ticket people driving to damn slow, if you want to drive slow, get off the damn interstate.
Very true... a major cause of accidents here in the Hampton Roads area centers around idiots who use their driving time to text, do makeup, yak to their friends, surf the internet, etc. And speed has nothing to do with it.
Exactly. There are plenty of secondaries available for those who want to take the slow, scenic routes.
And, uh, just how reasonable and prudent a speed did you travel across the Big Sky Country ?
Really surprised me that VA went to 70 mph considering they are one of the most anti-car states with the detector ban, strict inspections and reckless driving tickets for minor violations.
Kind of interesting that Maine is going to 75 mph and a stretch of I-49 in LA is 75 as well. I wonder when the 85 mph signs will show in TX.
Concerning these accidents, these nanny statist will push for bringing back the much hated 55 mph speed limit.
People tend to travel at what they consider a safe speed, which on a freeway tends to be 80. I would not be traveling faster than 80, even on an unlimited-speed highway, because that's the max safe speed for my car and my reflexes.
Here in Wisconsin the interstate speed limit is 65 mph. When I drive on it, I usually drive around 70 mph. (Yes, that makes me a speeder.) I am constantly passed giving me the feeling that I’m driving about 50 mph. The I-90-94 corridor is packed with cars during the warm months many of them driving five to fifteen mph over the speed limit. If there had been an unusual increase in accidents on it from the speeding cars, we’d have heard about it.
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