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Old 05-18-2006, 05:43 PM
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Texas to raise speed limits to conform to driver habits

Texas to raise speed limits to conform to driver habits


Texas is considering raising the speed limit on two major interstate highways to match how most motorists drive. The state’s director of traffic operations, Carlos Lopez, said research found that 85th percentile speed of traffic was 79 mph. Thus, speed limits are likely to raise from 75 mph to 80 mph. The Texas Department of Public Safety said raising the limit to conform to the speed the majority of drivers travel will make roads safer. “If people begin to think that the number on the sign is unreasonable, then they won’t respect it,” Lopez said. “Just putting up a lower number on the highway isn’t going to slow down traffic.”

As previously reported, data released from Britain’s Department of Transport suggested that as speed limits, speeding decreases — adding credibility to assertions that there is a natural “safe speed” at which most drivers will travel.

On roads with a 30 mph limit, half of passenger cars exceeded the speed limit. On similar roads with a 40 mph limit, just 25 percent of cars exceeded posted limit. This seems to suggest that drivers know a safe speed, and high speed limits would not lead to equally high speeding.

In Britain, with highway limits of 70 mph, between 50 and 60 percent of drivers exceed the speed limit.

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Texas is considering raising the speed limit on two major interstate highways to match how most motorists drive. The state’s director of traffic operations, Carlos Lopez, said research found that 85th percentile speed of traffic was 79 mph. Thus, speed limits are likely to raise from 75 mph to 80 mph. The Texas Department of Public Safety said raising the limit to conform to the speed the majority of drivers travel will make roads safer. “If people begin to think that the number on the sign is unreasonable, then they won’t respect it,” Lopez said. “Just putting up a lower number on the highway isn’t going to slow down traffic.”

As previously reported, data released from Britain’s Department of Transport suggested that as speed limits, speeding decreases — adding credibility to assertions that there is a natural “safe speed” at which most drivers will travel.

On roads with a 30 mph limit, half of passenger cars exceeded the speed limit. On similar roads with a 40 mph limit, just 25 percent of cars exceeded posted limit. This seems to suggest that drivers know a safe speed, and high speed limits would not lead to equally high speeding.

In Britain, with highway limits of 70 mph, between 50 and 60 percent of drivers exceed the speed limit.
What do you expect. They drive on the wrong side of the road for god's sake.
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What does everyone think a "safe" speed is???
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What does everyone think a "safe" speed is???

Depends on the road and traffic conditions. A lot of the roads in West Texas are 80mph... its long boring road with little traffic. But when they say 80, they mean 80. I got pulled over for doing 84
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What does everyone think a "safe" speed is???

0 MPH is the only safe speed.
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I'd like to see that study done in Atlanta. The posted speed limit on I285 and 75/85 going through town is 55. If you do less than 70 you are a rolling road hazard. If you want to drive in the fast lane you need to be doing 80. Cops don't even look twice at you running between 70 and 75, but if they decide to pull you over at 80 you get a HUGE fine. IMO there are more accidents because of the people who are doing 55-60 than there are because of people riding with the flow of traffic.
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I think there is no safe speed. I do think that audobons should be in each state eventually (lord know we don't need to spend anymore tax money) Why shouldn't we make a road from Cali to NC with limitless speed. Charge a toll tax (100.00) and check insurance card and drivers license. Just a thought!
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The vehicle you are driving and its capabilities are the biggest factor along with your ability to control the vehicle at the limit of its performance capabilities. Try to drive an old Pinto on the freeway at 80mph and you sure as hell aren't safe. Any new car would be perfectly safe but it's the old beaters that keep the speed limits down. By "old beaters", I mean cars, not old folks. Hehe
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I have an idea.....what if we gave licenses on a yearly basis (more money) but allowed everyone to choose what kind of license. Have a high speed license, a low speed license, a safety license, a drag race license, etc. Then you have rigorous criteria to meet and prove skills. Kind of like what you have to go through here (NC) to get a concealed weapon permit. Would make more money for states and let us have fun legally. Now before you go beating me up, I just want to clarify, I mean strict guidelines for this. Certain roads only, certain equipment only, saftey restraints and so on.
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