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Would you pay a premium to speed?

Posted in General, Police, Politics, Safety by MrAngry | September 7th, 2010 | 11 Responses |

Now here is an interesting concept that one Nonpartisan Nevada gubernatorial candidate has proposed. Eugene “Gino” DiSimone (wonder if he’s Italian) has proposed a plan that would allow drivers to pay $25 for the privilege of speeding down Nevada’s highways. Interesting idea, no? Right now the national speed limit is 55 mph, a number that to be honest is ungodly slow for today’s roads and current crop of automobiles. It was mandated back in 1973 during the countries first fuel crises and has been stuck in place ever since. Gino’s plan however raises a good question – if you could pay a premium to speed in designated areas on America’s public roads, would you?

Just sit back and think about this for a moment. As mentioned the national public speed limit is set at 55 mph. Some states like Nevada have their limit set at 70 mph which makes sense since only 7 people live in that state. But what if you could cruise down the majority of America’s highways at 100 mph or even 120 mph… would you pay to do so? If you’ve ever driven across this great nation of ours you’ve no doubt notice that between New York and LA there isn’t a whole bunch going on. Sure it’s beautiful, but aside from the scenery what you are greeted to are thousands and thousands of miles of open super-slab. These roads are more than capable of sustaining automobiles cruising at speeds of 100 mph or more.

Obviously there would be some safety concerns here because as we all know, people have a tenancy to get out of hand. If speeds could be monitored however by way of transponders as our friend Gino DiSimone proposes, it may not be such a bad idea. Participating states would see big gains in revenue, people would be getting to their destinations faster and as a whole, America’s highways would be more fun to cruise on. I for one am digging this proposal, but how about you guys? Think it would work… let us know.

Source: TheTruthAboutCars.com

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11 Responses

  1. SNAK3 says:

    I would probably pay a lot more than $25. If I could cut my hour thirty minute or so drive home, to say 45 mins. I might go there more often! lol.

  2. DaveMofo says:

    Yes. Considering the outstanding tickets I have right now, YES.

  3. Ladon says:

    I would say yes but have a requirement that you have to pass a specialized driving exam. Last thing i want is a bunch of young rich kids driving vettes around as fast as they can.

  4. Set says:

    I think it’s a great idea, but why should we have to pay? I mean, I’d rather pay and be able to do it rather than not do it at all, but it just seems stupid that someone should figure out that, hey, speed doesn’t necessarily kill, lets charge people!

  5. Kurt says:

    Hell yes, but I’d mandate some sort of driver training with it. Most sheeple down here have a hard time driving at 70 MPH; let them go another 50 MPH faster and bad, bad things would happen.

    Also, I’m in favor of the death penalty for anyone who pays the speeding tax and clogs the left lane, talks on a hand held cell phone or texts while going hammer down.

  6. ohHai says:

    National speed limit was repealed in 1995.

  7. Will says:

    I agree with Ladon. If they implemented this they should require an exam and maybe even a specialized driving course so people would know how to drive at such high speeds.

    I also would not want a bunch of immature kids out speeding and putting themselves and everyone else on the road in immense danger. There have been several deaths in my small town in the past few years from teens just starting to get behind the wheel and end up killing themselves, or other people.

  8. Mark Smith says:

    Um….I hate to throw water on your parade, but the national speed limit was modified to allow 65 mph on some roads in 1987 and repealed completely in 1995. Speed limits are entirely in the hands of the states at the moment. I can tell you for a fact that the speed limit on all kinds of roads (and not just the Interstates) in Nevada is 70 mph.

  9. SNAK3 says:

    There are some in west Texas where the speed limit is 80.

  10. Canrith says:

    As a young driver myself, I don’t support any age related constraints, but am in full support of tougher driving courses/test for everyone, and at the most, a two year period before having a mandatory re-test. There should also be a yearly inspection of the vehicles owners register to run at high speeds, if someone is behind on maintenance (tires, suspension, ect) it can pose a threat to all drivers. But that’s just my take on the issue, feel free to argue it.

  11. Metaliox says:

    The autobahn works overseas. It would improve the economy because deliveries, workers, etc would get there faster. This country made highways to help americans get places faster but just ended up making a 55 zone to a measley 65 and killed every small town in the country that runs by it. I swear the goverment hates the automobile.

    One thing tho. Make sure the elderly that are deathly afraid of the highway STAY OFF IT. If you cant even hadle 65mph you shouldnt drive. The slowest vehicles made today can top 100mph. 150mph in my cars case. : )