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I Can't Drive 85

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Football_Bat, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Suck it, Montana.

  2. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    I remember driving through Texas a couple summers ago and seeing an 85MPH speed limit, specifically in West Texas. May have been 80, but I swear it was 85.

    That was some fun driving.
  3. terrier

    terrier Well-Known Member

    The Texas legislature...all the junior high boys who walk into the urinal and say to the kid next to them, "Mine's bigger," and all the girls who get wet over them.
    Have any of these idiots thought about the auto insurance rate implications?
  4. nmmetsfan

    nmmetsfan Active Member

    Anything to get through that state faster is fine by me
  5. Bamadog

    Bamadog Well-Known Member

    Awesome! Anything that helps you drive across the huge stretches of nothing is a winner.

    There's no reason why you can't drive 85 mph safely in today's cars with side-impact beams, airbags, antilock brakes, traction control and side airbags. Even the average Kia or Hyundai can cruise efficiently at 85 with no worries.
  6. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    If you've ever been to far west Texas you'll understand why this is not a bad idea.

    We'll never see 85 on any stretch of I-35 down here but most of I-10 west of San Antonio, most of I-20 between Abilene and Odessa and all of I-20 west of Odessa will be a candidate for this.
  7. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    IIRC, I think there was a study that showed that speed limits don't really prevent accidents, since people normally drive at a speed they're comfortable with on roads regardless of the posted limit. Meaning, the drunk maniac is going to drive 100 whether the limit is 25, 45, 65 or 85.

    Still, in these economic times, you'd think that more towns and cities would look at lowering limits as a way to bring in more revenue...
  8. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Isn't it already 80 or 85 between, say, Dallas and El Paso? I distinctly remember it being at least 80 out there.
  9. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    I think the 80 mph stretches are on I-10.
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  10. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Support an 85 mph speed limit. Forfeit rights to complain about gas prices.

    Seems like a fair trade to me.
  11. murphyc

    murphyc Well-Known Member

    Nebraska should up the ante and raise speed limits to 90 mph throughout the entire state. I have had the "pleasure" of driving through Nebraska several times. It's high on the list of things I don't miss about living in the Midwest.
  12. Smash Williams

    Smash Williams Well-Known Member

    Two of these are already at 80 - 1-10 from Kerrville to El Paso (as big a wasteland of nothingness as there is in the state) and 1-20 from Midland/Odessa to El Paso.

    Long, straight, flat and nothing other than tiny towns that might have a gas station. Even the state troopers think it's too boring to wait for someone to come speeding by out there.
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