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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1) Make sure your reaction times are at LEAST as fast as those of a three-toed sloth after a month-long Seconal binge. If they are not, then please do not operate any motor vehicle of any kind on any public roads.
2) Make sure your attention span is at LEAST as long as that of a schizophrenic spider monkey with ADHD. If it is not, then please do not operate any motor vehicle of any kind on any public roads.
3) Make sure your car control abilities are at LEAST on par with those of a one-armed, blind paraplegic who is high on mescaline as he pilots a 1962 Pontiac Catalina with bald tires, worn brakes, a blown power steering pump and only one (misaligned) headlight through a down-hill, off-camber, declining radius curve at midnight during a snow storm, on black ice. If they are not, then please do not operate any motor vehicle of any kind on any public roads.
It is my opinion that if people followed these three simple suggestions, we would see major reductions in both the number and severity of automobile accidents on nation's highways.
Lower the speed limit to 5mph. Think of all the lives that would save, Fire Chief.
70 MPH isn’t a bad idea; texting/sexting/playing with iPod/looking at porn flicks on a portable DVD player while driving at 70 MPH ARE bad ideas and it seems to be what is causing accidents nowadays.
Ought to have a device installed whereby a
hand guardrail springs out and slaps the driver whole car upside the head body every time the front wheels waiver erratically.
Pretty good posts on this thread so far! Usually we get a few self-appointed speed limit monitors to chime in. Guess they are all too busy planting themselves in the left lane at a clean 65 to post today.
Utah has 80 mph on a couple stretches of I-15.
80 mph would be better
We traveled that very stretch of I-81 for the first time in the past four days...did mostly 80MPH very smoothly and safely.
Traffic generally travels at 70+ on interstates. Just because it is officially mandated means nothing. Most state police, especially in PA will tell you they won’t waste time with a ticket until you are over 73.
I am usually a 75-80 MPH guy on highways but was forced to drive 60-65 last week because I was towing a 3000lb pop up with a 35 year old station wagon in 90 degree heat. Even the rusted out Sanford & Sons looking trucks were blowing by me. When we got home my wife finally asked why I had bothered to use the Radar Detector. I said it was just habit.
When I was stationed at Ft. Riley, KS back in the early 90’s, the Kansas Troopers were pretty lax on enforcing speeds on I-70, at least on the long, straight, flat shot between Lawrence and Manhattan. As long as you weren’t swerving or tailgating and keeping it under triple digits, they seemed to be pretty lenient.
Cool, I won't have to worry about tickets for another thirty years.
I encountered a "Keeper of the Speed" yesterday. She was hugging the left lane at 56mph and nudging her speed in order to frustrate anyone trying to go around her. I just used the breakdown lane (HOV) to pass her. Wow, was she indignant!
She affirmed her KOTP status by speeding up and tailgating me for the next three miles. I guess that showed me!
Oops - KOTP = KOTS
ahh yes... I call them the “Safe” drivers, going 10 to 15 mph below the speed limit in the left lane...they are “safe” drivers because they never get into an accident, but mysteriously, accidents happen all around them...
I call them the “not in front of me” people...they will slow down when there are vehicles next to them, and speed up if there is an opening for you to get around them...my suv with large v-8 engine usually blows them away before their little econoboxes even get started
I hate those drivers with a passion !
I remembered encountering one in Ohio in 1986. It took ten miles to get around the LLB (Left Lane Bandit) and when I got around him, he was flashing his lights and you could see arms flailing. This was during the hated 55 mph days and at that time, I always did 70 mph on the open road.
Yeah, I got a Reckless for doing 80 on a 65. 80 mph is reckless in VA no matter what the spped limit or road conditions. Reckless is also a misdemeanor than can result in jail time. I had to hire a lawyer, take a day off of work, drive to Fredricksburg, take initiative to take a safe driver class, and incur the stress of possibly losing my job (requires a security clearance) over speeding just so the judge could reduce the charge to simple speeding at 79 mph. What a waste of time, money, and energy that was.
There is a huge Wal-Mart distribution center right by an interchange between Harrisonburg and Stanton with its own railyard.
There was talk that some of the truck traffic would diminish once the raillink was completed. I haven't noticed it happening. Have you?
An increase of 5 mph in the official limit is hardly going to make the difference imagined by the hand-wringers despite the saturation enforcement by various police agencies.
The more relevant question rarely asked in this type of article is: with our roads in a constant state of disrepair despite exorbitant fuel taxes pi**ed up the wall by spendthrift vote buyers and union contracts, why are we obsessed with some artifice posted on a sign?
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