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Things Are Bigger In Texas, Including Speed Limits

Posted in driving, Police, Politics, Travel by Kurt Ernst | April 2nd, 2011 | 6 Responses |

If any U.S. state secedes from the nation, it’s likely to be Texas. That’s OK with me since my wife was born there, which kind of gives us diplomatic immunity and automatic citizenship. Besides, I’m a firearms instructor, so I can claim that I’ve got a necessary and valuable skill, which is critical anytime you’re asking for political asylum. In the mean time, Texas is about to give those of us who like to drive one more reason to call the Lone Star State home: legislation is in the works that will raise the 70 mile per hour speed limit to 75. Better yet, it will do away with the “nighttime only” speed limit of 65 miles per hour currently in place (Texas is the only remaining state to have a different daytime and nighttime speed limit).

Why the rare display of sanity when it comes to setting speed limits? After five years of data gathering, Texas has concluded that high speed roads are safe, but roads that have significant disparity of speeds are not. In fact, high-speed roads in Texas have some of the best safety records; coupled with a statewide decline in the number of accidents, that was enough to prompt the adjustment of speed limits upward. The measure still has to pass a House and Senate vote, but will go into effect in September if passed.

Source: The Truth About Cars

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6 Responses

  1. JIm says:

    Thank god! About fucking time these chuckleheads in office do something right. Also, raising the speed limit will make people want to actually drive more. Which means? Anyone? People spending more money, in turn a slight boost to the economy. Not a miracle but a step in the right direction. Speed limits are dangerously low, they are low for revenue. Higher speeds are safer? How is that Mr Jim. You know why you fall asleep at the wheel? Because you are bored and not enough stimulation, visual or audio. Going faster will require you to be alert. There is a saying in air traffic control. It’s not the busy days that get people fired, it’s the slow ones. Same fucking concept.

  2. DaveMofo says:

    I’ll still going to push it and continue to speed…
    The night time 65 drives me up the damn wall! I really don’t see the difference in a crash of 65 or 75. You’ll either have the skills to avoid or limit damage and/or loss of life or you won’t. There are still plenty of drivers that will still drive much slower than the rest of traffic, creating the dangerous speed disparity. But, hey! At least we’ll all have guns when it comes to iron out our differences when we have wrecks!
    Bang! Bang!

  3. PFULMTL says:

    haha I’m from Dallas Texas. People always think we are crazy, but it’s true.

    I also love firearms and beer.

  4. J D Stadler says:

    Aw, Texas, you continue to endear yourself to me. “Texas has concluded that high speed roads are safe, but roads that have significant disparity of speeds are not.”

    Aaaaaaamen! It’s nice to see some actual LOGIC finally being used. Gee, I wonder why people get into accidents when they feel the need to slam on their brakes for fear of getting busted when the limit goes from 70 to 55 with no in-between (and you KNOW there’s a trooper sitting right there just waiting for the revenue…er…”speeder” to pass by)