• fb_100001663981238 avatar Daniel Posted: 9/2/2011 2:14pm PDT

    Finally! ... So many open highways that are perfectly safe at these speeds. This is making me want that S600 so much more ... must work harder, and this is motivation. Thanks Texas legislature!

  • fb_1518378696 avatar Toby Posted: 5/3/2012 8:27am PDT

    I think the "safe and reasonable" idea was a good one, but too vague. The speed limit could be repealed if drivers were taught exactly what it mean to maintain control at all times AND if police *strictly* enforced laws against reckless driving. I think highway police need to be far more active in policing reckless driving.

  • larry300 avatar larry300 Posted: 9/2/2011 6:46pm PDT

    Everything is bigger in the Lone Star State, and that's the way it oughta be.

  • fb_1761529832 avatar Peter Posted: 9/6/2011 1:52pm PDT

    Yippee-Ti-Ay! Go Lone Star state. Michigan should do the same for Gratiot and Isabella counties.

  • allmaya avatar allmaya Posted: 9/3/2011 7:50pm PDT

    The reporting on this is simply wrong. The 85 mph speed limit will only apple to NEW freeways. In practical terms, this means the new Texas 130 toll road that sort of will run from Austin to San Antonio. It will not apply out in West Texas, unless they build new freeways, and that ain't gonna happen.

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 9/4/2011 2:02pm PDT

    @allmaya, so you're saying that the portions of I-10 in West Texas that are posted at 80 mph now WON'T be raised to 85 mph? Even though other Texas roads are being bumped from 70 to 75? That hardly seems to make sense.

  • fb_1346398102 avatar Christopher Posted: 9/6/2011 2:15pm PDT

    This would probably require some re-training of drivers. I personally rarely go over 65 even when the limit here in Colorado says 75. I am just not in *that* much of a hurry to get where I want to go. If someone wants to pass me, then they can... Just don't tailgate me and watch out for the slower drivers in the right lane. This new limit might also need to be accompanied by minimum speeds in the right lane of traffic.

  • Hubert39 avatar Hubert39 Posted: 2/18/2012 5:47am PST

    Ever driven from El Paso to San Antonia? The speed limit should be 95 mph. And now people will drive 95 mph. No matter what the speed limit is people will drive 10 mph over the speed limit.
    If their is a wreck. Just call the morgue.
    I can see that pick up truck with 12 or 14 people going 95 mph.

  • GNAC avatar GNAC Posted: 4/15/2012 2:09pm PDT

    Ever hear of Darwin. Destroying assets results in more production to replace them. Reduction in the number of workers seeking jobs - increases employment. This is a FREE country. Culling oneself from the population can have a benefit for those still around.

  • fb_100001736405137 avatar Manto Posted: 9/5/2011 3:57am PDT

    Stupidity has no bounds. Now watch gas mileage goes in the toilet and deaths due to accidents go high ...Just what we need in US.

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 9/5/2011 4:47am PDT

    @Manto, at the risk of sounding cliche, speed doesn't kill. Driver inattention, or differing speeds between drivers, poses far more of a risk than a steady stream of high speed traffic.

    Want to make the roads safer? Ban hand-held cell phone use and texting, then implement a mandatory driver training program similar to Germany's.

  • fb_1467062299 avatar Eric Posted: 11/10/2011 7:51pm PST

    You're right, speed doesn't kill. But speed DOES destroy your fuel mileage.

  • TexasProud avatar TexasProud Posted: 4/15/2012 4:58am PDT

    Well Eric, since we in Texas produce most of this nations gasoline its only fair that we celebrate its use.Plus in Texas we really don't give a crap about what everyone else thinks.

  • fb_1323174226 avatar Withan Posted: 5/21/2012 11:28am PDT

    My Cobalt SS Turbo is rated at 31 hwy. Of course that will be a lot lower at 85 MPH, but I should be able to drive 85 MPH guilt free, while passing Suburbans and Sequoias doing 55 and getting poorer gas mileage.

  • TexasProud avatar TexasProud Posted: 4/15/2012 5:03am PDT

    Is it fair to say that 1. you are not from Texas 2. You are a "tree hugger" that drives a Prius 3. You are a democrat and believe that you need to control the way I think and act. If you answer yes to any of those comments I understand your answer.

    Oh and by the way, Texas does produce most of the gasoline produced in the US so we get to take a little more of the pie since we elected to live in a place with hundreds of refineries.

  • fb_100003830768753 avatar Luke Posted: 6/15/2012 3:07pm PDT

    FYI, I am a BLEEDING LIBERAL, A PROUD DEMOCRAT (and not a bigot hater like republicans), somewhat of a treehugger and I FULLY endorse the 85mph speed limit. As someone earlier remarked, they can get much better gas mileage at 90mph than someone driving a suburban at 55mph.

    And also as someone else pointed out simply look at GERMANY. NO SPEED LIMITS on large sections of their Autobahnen and FAR FAR FEWER traffic accidents than here in the US.

    The key is VERY STRINGENT driver training (and if you get caught texting or some other idotic thing your ass gets thrown in jail).

    I would even endorse a 100mph speed limit, provided they completely reform the DRIVER TESTING AND TRAINING PROGRAM (make it almost as hard as getting a Phd)

  • fb_100003185662843 avatar Bee Posted: 4/20/2012 9:15am PDT

    that's one way to stop texting .

  • fb_100000768114144 avatar Glenda Posted: 4/30/2012 5:59am PDT

    The only winners to this, will be the oil companies.

  • fb_100002550009215 avatar John Posted: 5/13/2012 3:53pm PDT

    I thought it was Wyoming that had no posted speed limit?

  • fb_508236996 avatar Geoffrey Posted: 5/16/2012 8:11pm PDT

    This article has a mistake. The nationally mandated speed limit wasn't repealed in 1987... it was 1995. The mandated speed limit was raised in 1987 from 55 to 65.

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 5/17/2012 3:50am PDT

    Geoffrey, for the repeal of the National Maximum Speed Law act, you're correct and I've edited the article to reflect this. I was actually referring to the first change in speed limits, from 55 to 65, back in 1987, even though this applied to rural highways only. I should have used the word "amended" instead of "repealed"

    Anyway, thanks for setting the record straight!

  • johnnymars avatar johnnymars Posted: 5/22/2012 10:31am PDT


  • fb_100001011370234 avatar Zakk Posted: 5/25/2012 8:00am PDT

    what they don't tell you is that they are lowering the "night time" speed limit in Texas to 55mph

  • fb_1291505033 avatar Julio Posted: 6/18/2012 9:28pm PDT

    I hope all states rise there speed limit's.