The speed limit starts to increase everywhere

Posted on Monday, 10 September 2012 , 13:09:08 byIulia

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The speed limit starts to increase everywhere


Starting this November, the Texas Department of Transportation approved an 85 mph speed limit for a 40 mile stretch of the SH 130 toll road from Austin to Seguin. Just for the sake of discussion, in Texas for example, speed limits are not really laws, but guidelines or suggestions. There, people can drive as fast as they want, without taking into account the opinion of the policemen. Between Austin and San Antonio nobody goes with only 70 mph, but event if there are some that do, it seems that these will only mess the traffic up. Last year for example, lawmakers voted to raise the speed limit to 75 mph on rural highways and overall, in the last few years, on more than 600 miles of highway we are allowed to reach a top speed of 80 mph. It will be quite difficult not speeding more and it might cost a lot for drivers who want more adrenalin, for the ones that will drive faster than the top speed limit. Some have radar detectors that scan for the police just to be sure nothing will disturb their driving. Different studies have shown that people already drive faster than they should and by increasing the speed limit to 80 mph for example, will only offer drivers the possibility to use different excuses for driving 90 mph or even 100 mph with their very powerful cars. Anyway there are not a lot of toll road users for this law to have a big impact, and the only ones that will get a ticket are the ones that drive at speeds that they can already handle. This is all on the matter so far. What is your opinion on higher speed limits? Should there by special speed limits for big, powerful cars and different ones for the rest?