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Old April 3rd, 2013, 20:20   #16
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VA recently went up to 70 on interstates, as well (outside of the cities, of course).
I haven't driven across much of VA since they posted their 70 limit, how much of the state has gotten the higher limit??

Something else I just read was I-85 from Durham NC to the VA line has been raised to 70 in the last week.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 20:24   #17
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http://www.virginiadot.org/info/faq/...peed_limit.asp



They put quite a bit of thought into it and I think it works pretty well.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 20:34   #18
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rotary---yep, makes no sense to be able to travel without regard to the limits in the heavy congested area of chicago and down south you have to be concerned "in the middle of bfe". revenue generation is the only plausible explanation.

i drive south to memphis half a dozen times a year to visit my parents and when i see the first sign for carbondale i immediately slow to just under 70. better safe than sorry. on the opposite end of the spectrum there is a short portion of the Ryan just south of 290 where the limit is 45 and going 30 over is the norm. this is where i have, for the only time in my life, seen someone pulled over for driving to slowly for traffic (they were probably doing 45-55 but were not in the correct lane for this speed). on a personal note, this change would save me atleast 30 minutes and i could be door to door in under eight hours with an average speed of over 70.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 20:36   #19
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It looks like a lot more of I-81 got the higher limit than I expected......
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Old April 11th, 2013, 20:49   #20
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News on NC raising the limit to 75 on rural freeways......

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Senate votes to raise speed limit in NC, The state Senate on Thursday approved a proposal to raise the maximum speed limit in North Carolina from 70 to 75 mph. Senate Bill 709 passed by a 45-1 vote and now heads to the House.

Sponsored by Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, the legislation would authorize the state Department of Transportation to raise the limit on interstates and other controlled-access highways where engineering and traffic studies show it would be safe and reasonable. The measure passed the Senate Transportation Committee on a unanimous vote Wednesday and has the support of the DOT. Hunt said he envisions higher speed limits being used for stretches of interstate in rural areas, such as parts of Interstate 40 heading to Wilmington.

"(It's) just to move traffic along. A lot of times, it's not crowded. You have the opportunity to go a little faster without worrying about getting a ticket," he said. "(It's) just the opportunity to get where you're going a little quicker."
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Old April 17th, 2013, 19:25   #21
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4/16/2013-The proposal to boost the speed limit on rural Illinois interstates to 70 miles per hour roared out of a Senate committee Tuesday.

The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a freshman Republican from Sugar Grove,

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"said it’s time to either raise the speed limit or start cracking down on violators because few people travel along the state’s four-lane highways at 65 mph. In my opinion, it’s not good to have laws on the books that are widely ignored,” Oberweis said. Although 19 other states have 70 mph speed limits, the proposal is opposed by the agencies that patrol and maintain the state’s roadways. “We would expect rural fatalities to go up,” said John Webber of the Illinois Department of Transportation. “We know that higher speed causes more collisions.”
The Senate Transportation Committee approved this with just one “no” vote, now heads to the full Senate for further debate. The legislation is Senate Bill 2356.
This is what I found on ILL raising their limit on freeways to 70....
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Cool. Hopefully it goes into effect by the time my cross-country trip rolls around in July.
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Old April 18th, 2013, 21:59   #23
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Thumbs up 70 mph legal in NH if gov signs...

If the governor goes along and signs New Hampshire has joined the 70 mph club!!

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The bill to raise speed limit from 65 to 70 on portions of I-93 headed to governor. The state Senate Thursday passed to Gov. Maggie Hassan legislation that would raise the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on about 80 miles of Interstate 93, starting around exit 45 from Canterbury to the Vermont border. An exception would be through the Franconia Notch area, where the speed limit would remain at 55 miles per hour.

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Hassan spokesman Marc Goldberg“ She appreciates the hard work that the Legislature put into this measure, and she will review it closely.”
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Sen. David Boutin, R-Hooksett, "since virtually all of the portion of the highway that would be subject to the higher speed limit is in a rural area, It is not believed to have a major impact on the flow of traffic. We need to be where the people are,”
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North Country Sen. Jeff Woodburn, D-Dalton. “We need to drive where the traffic is going. We need to do what the people want. Most drivers on the interstate are driving at least 70 miles per hour, saying, The law lives in the hearts of the people, not in the signs on the side of the road. Besides, We need to get people to the North Country faster.”
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 00:25   #24
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I don't see the point of speed limits in Utah anyway. Everybody does 10-15mph over the limit.
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Speed Limits in the middle of nowhere seem like cruel and unusual punishment..

especially when in a fine german car capable of much more..
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Old May 7th, 2013, 15:45   #26
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has given final approval and sent to Gov. Paul LePage a bill allowing — but not ordering — higher speeds on Maine’s interstate highways.

The bill authorizes the transportation commissioner to raise the speed limit to 75 mph on the interstates, where the limit in most areas is 65 mph. But it doesn’t mean an automatic speed limit increase.

Before any change, the transportation commissioner and engineering staff at the Department of Transportation would have to determine it’s safe to raise the speed limit on a given stretch of highway.

The bill’s sponsor, Saco Democratic Rep. Justin Chenette, said during a hearing in March that a number of factors would be taken into account before raising the speed, such as how congested an area is.
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i am still hoping this passes in Illinois but AAA, IDOT (illinois dept of trans) and others are opposing its passage. sigh, every other state in the region deem this reasonable except for wisconsin.
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Old May 15th, 2013, 18:55   #28
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i am still hoping this passes in Illinois but AAA, IDOT (illinois dept of trans) and others are opposing its passage. sigh, every other state in the region deem this reasonable except for wisconsin.
It seems that there is a lot of money at stake here, more than in most states since low limits have been kept for so long there. There are a lot of surcharges that will not be collected by insurance companies if this passes, they are not about to allow this happen without a fight. Cities and state budgets have relied on low limits for the money they created for close to 20 years since surrounding states raised their limits. The cry of this will cost lives has nothing to do with safety!! It is about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!

All I suggest is that if you live in this state call your house representative to tell them it is time to pass the limit increase!
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rotary---i am fully aware that this is about revenue generation, see my earlier post about southern illinois -vs- the chicago metro area regarding enforcement. this afternoon on wgn 720 am, they were talking about red light cameras and how they brought in 72,000,000, yep that is $72 million last year in chicago/cook county. can you explain the "insurance surcharges"comment? btw, i sent let my representative know my view of this over a month ago. i had know idea before this thread that illinois may be moving towards a higher limit, i thank you for that.
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rotary---i am fully aware that this is about revenue generation, see my earlier post about southern illinois -vs- the chicago metro area regarding enforcement. this afternoon on wgn 720 am, they were talking about red light cameras and how they brought in 72,000,000, yep that is $72 million last year in chicago/cook county. can you explain the "insurance surcharges"comment? btw, i sent let my representative know my view of this over a month ago. i had know idea before this thread that illinois may be moving towards a higher limit, i thank you for that.
The speed limit on interstate highways in most of downstate Illinois would increase from 65 to 70 mph under legislation overwhelmingly approved by the House Wednesday, May 22.

The House vote was 85-30, with nearly all Downstate state representatives voting in favor. Only Reps. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, and Don Moffitt, R-Galesburg, voted no.

A month ago, the Senate approved the measure, 41-6. A Quinn veto may not prove fatal, however.

The House vote on Wednesday was 85-30, and 71 lawmakers would be needed to overrule Quinn there. Last month, the Senate approved the measure 41-6, with 36 senators needed to override a veto.
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