I drove the speed limit for a bit on the highway last midnight- 55 mph, empty road, dark, 5 lanes. That didn't last long. Should there be different speed limits based on the time of day?
I've seen this before. Canada? New Zealand? I can't remember, but I've seen daytime and night time speed limits posted together. And sorry mate, but the night limit was slower, not faster.
Really?! 40%?!?!?! You've got to be kidding me. 55 has been the speed limit for the past 3-5 decades, yet cars can go faster, are safer, driving laws are stricter. I just don't understand why people insist on living in the past.
Yes! Got a 300 speeding ticket in Oregon because it was 65, and I was going 85. It was 100% flat and straight, and I was one of three cars on the whole road. The other 2 were semi trucks.
So ridiculous. Anything over 80 is automatically reckless here which is terrible!!
That actually scared me one day coming down from DC. The speed limit is 70, but 81 and you're ticketed for reckless driving. Well, everyone was going about 85-95 and it was 3 am. We weren't doing anything wrong, but those cops hide everywhere.
Made the trip in record time. A cop came out of the trees and got the guy in front of me, but I made it ticket free. Still ridiculous.
Yeah u should go slower at night when you reaction speed is decreased.
You mean faster when there's no one on the road but me and a straight stretch 4 lane highway at midnight, right? I mean, what do you care? You're asleep?
Um why are there seat belt laws? To protect life so We should slow down when it is dark or foggy, icy or otherwise hazardous to drive at high speed. Your life is worth saving.
My life is in my hands. Sorry, but a lit 4 lane highway shouldn't be 55 mph. I know how to drive, thank you. I can judge the safety of the road for myself. The road was fine to go 100+ on.
Ok so no enforced speed limits at night? Just drive as fast as you feel is right? Thats how society in general is acting. No moral absolutes just how I feel. No hard feelings just callin it how I see it.
Morals in driving. If there are no children to kill and if know the car and my driving abilities are up for it, then yes. Cars are manufactured to go faster, there are no morals involved. The US has a slow highway speed limit.
Maybe I'm just this way because we have the NATO base, and all my European friends are extremely surprised that our speed limits are so low. Or could just be a southern freedom thang.
Interesting perspective. Yeah the morals thing was just a cute coincidence I pointed out cause I thought it was intriguing.personally,I don't thing humans are up to the task at driving at the speeds the do now but when the google car comes out it...
... Could be like in the bee movie where the stoplights are nonexistent because all the cars are aware of each other weaving through the intersection like insects. Exciting tech.
*don't think humans
*they do now
Humans aren't capable? How can you say that when the highest speed limit in the country is 85 on a tolled, 20 mile stretch of road?? There are good drivers in America still. The lower the speed limit, the more accidents there are. That's a fact.
55 mph? I didn't know that still existed.
Are you kidding? That's what it is almost everywhere here. 55mph!
55 in the "city." 60 on the country highways. 65 out of the city on the highway. 70 out on the main stretches.
65 in city freeways. 70-75 on rural freeways and highways.
That's Texas, as well. So much better. We're catching up slowly but surely.
Most of our freeways have electronic speed limit signs. Based on the time of day and traffic volume, the speed limit increases or decreases. We have relatively high speed limits compared to most states though.
And where is this? Drivers in Atlanta seem to drive fast no matter what is posted.
rr- I've never heard of that before but love the idea!
They have them on the bridge portion of one of our bridge-tunnels.
But inside the tunnel the signs are as old as the tunnel itself, 50 years old.
That's how we know the speed limit is too low. It's been the speed limit since before the 1960's
It's mainly in the Atlanta metro, but you're right. Speed limits don't really mean anything to us. Police don't even seem to bother either. I think they've given up?
I read an article that said they were gonna start doubling down. Beginning by posting more cops there supposedly. It'll probably turn into Va where there's a trooper ever 10 miles.
Yes. And they should increase all speed limits by 10-15mph.
This state is 55mph almost everywhere!
I think they should have dynamic speed limits in larger cities based on traffic, time of day, and weather conditions.
Who said always slow, and why?
Not due to the "always slow", but because I feel that inconsistency could cause confusion for some people and wouldn't be sure exactly how to implement this.
Electronic signs that change after 10 pm. or have the double speed limit signs like ones you see for regular and truck speed limits.
I ask because afterwards I cruised around the 7 cities at a gentle average speed of 90. Although there was no one around, and I had control, I could have technically been arrested in Va. I think that should change AT LEAST at night.
Maybe not the time of day but on what would be accepted as a safe speed at the time. I would've drove faster too.
And waiting for red lights to turn when no other car is on the road. I hate that.
Yes, the lights flash red and yellow in some places past 2 am which makes so much more sense.
That would make sense.