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Bill would raise speed limit on Massachusetts interstates to 70 mph
Masslive.com ^ | September 10, 2013 | Andy Metzger

Posted on 09/10/2013 8:58:31 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

BOSTON — Rep. Dan Winslow wants to raise the speed limit on certain stretches of interstate highways in Massachusetts from 65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour.

“Our roads are designed for 70. Our cars are designed for faster than 65,” Winslow told the Committee on Transportation Tuesday.

If approved, the bill (H 3175) would increase the speed limit on parts of the Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate 91, and Interstate 95.

Newton resident John Carr, who told the News Service highway speeds have been “an interest of mine for about 15 years,” favors an increase in the speed limit, and said highways where the 55 mile per hour speed limit is disregarded by all but a small percentage of drivers are dangerous. He named Rte. 3 in Burlington as an example.

Carr said other areas of the country with higher speed limits, which includes much of the southern, midwestern and western states, have safer roads where people obey the higher speed limits.

“If you set your cruise control to 80 out there, you’re the fastest car on the road,” Carr told the committee.

“By having a law that’s on the books that’s not being enforced, we actually incur sort of a lawless approach to driving in Massachusetts, which makes it all the more fun,” said Winslow, a Norfolk Republican. “But my hope is that we can at least join the majority of states by having the maximum speed be 70 rather than 65.”

Winslow’s bill is cosponsored by Reps. Angelo Scaccia of Hyde Park, Randy Hunt of Sandwich and Cleon Turner of Dennis, a former police officer in Maine and on Cape Cod.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 70mph; i91; i95; massturnpike; speedlimit; yeehaw

1 posted on 09/10/2013 8:58:31 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That will help get rid of the surplus population.


2 posted on 09/10/2013 8:59:51 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I Can't Dwive 55!


3 posted on 09/10/2013 9:05:21 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Like the minimum wage... “Why only 70? Why not 110?”


4 posted on 09/10/2013 9:11:49 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That’s the speed limit on rural 2-lane roads in MT.


5 posted on 09/10/2013 9:13:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
70?

You are just starting to warm up the tires at 70...

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6 posted on 09/10/2013 9:19:28 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

more yankees to add to my yankees i like list


7 posted on 09/10/2013 9:20:22 PM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: doc1019

That will help get rid of the surplus population.
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Hell to thin out the Lib Herd in Mass they need to raise it 90 and give them all Hastings Mobiles.


8 posted on 09/10/2013 9:20:42 PM PDT by JohnKinAK
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To: Paladin2
That’s the speed limit on rural 2-lane roads in MT.

Given the vast expanses of nothing people have to drive through, I understand why the speed limit is that high. However, for roads without some kind of barrier in the middle, any kind of head on collision above 35 mph probably means a trip to the morgue for both parties.

9 posted on 09/10/2013 9:22:04 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: JohnKinAK

Now that is an agreeable thought.


10 posted on 09/10/2013 9:22:14 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: TLI

I’m the slowpoke going 80 on 130 ;)


11 posted on 09/10/2013 9:23:49 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: mylife

Too funny!


12 posted on 09/10/2013 9:24:07 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: TLI

Old map. That stretch has been open for about a year or so. There were four collisions with feral hogs the night it opened. For now, truckers who get on from IH 10 and go north of Georgetown and get on IH 35 there, pay car tolls.


13 posted on 09/10/2013 9:24:49 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

We have 75 mph stretches of Interstate here in Idaho and Montana. Wasn’t that long ago there was no limit in portions of Montana - the speed limit signs said “Reasonable and prudent”.


14 posted on 09/10/2013 9:25:38 PM PDT by PrivateIdaho ( "Courage is being scared to death... but saddling up anyway." (John Wayne))
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To: TLI

The odd thing about that is I don’t want to fly through there.


15 posted on 09/10/2013 9:26:00 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Be careful out there.....


16 posted on 09/10/2013 9:26:52 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: PrivateIdaho

It is 75 here and I tend to push it 5 mph over on the interstate.

I laid in the road and looked at the stars one night in Montana.


17 posted on 09/10/2013 9:32:56 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Good for them, though I’m a bit surprised. The road may be designed for that speed, but the environment isn’t. There aren’t many areas in Mass where the highway is level enough, and the sightlines are long enough, to justify that speed. Too, Mass has a fairly high deer population, and they do get out onto the highways, so the higher speed will make it harder to avoid them. Maybe the stretch of 90 from 91 through to 495 will work, but I can’t think of anywhere else where the higher speed would be really needed.


18 posted on 09/10/2013 9:55:28 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Little Pig
The road may be designed for that speed, but the environment isn’t.

Beyond that obvious fact, many drivers are not capable of much over 55-60 mph. Lousy reflexes, poor eyesight, abysmal decision making skills.

Have advocated for decades, licensing tiers based on real world physical capabilities. Never happen of course, half of southern Florida would possibly lose the right to drive.

19 posted on 09/10/2013 10:50:22 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: PrivateIdaho
I remember those Montana signs. During the day, why not go 100 mph? Some towns are 60 miles apart.

But they did have a night time speed limit, which was strictly enforced.

20 posted on 09/10/2013 11:39:14 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The first time I drove in Mass they were going 90+ on the interstate, so now they are only 20 or so above the limit.


21 posted on 09/11/2013 2:23:26 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“If you set your cruise control to 80 out there, you’re the fastest car on the road,” Carr told the committee.

Cruise control speed is usually ten miles over the posted limit - except in SoCal where it's more like twenty. :)

22 posted on 09/11/2013 5:44:16 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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