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Old February 26th, 2015, 05:19 PM   #61
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This is a common site on I-87 in upstate New York going to the Canadian border:

I've driven that route a few times, most recently in September 2013, and I don't know that I've ever seen that, actually. (And New York systematically posts bilingual signage - "Exit/Sortie 43," that sort of thing - in the last 40 or 50 miles.) Picture looks old...are you sure they still do that?
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Old February 26th, 2015, 08:30 PM   #62
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I've driven that route a few times, most recently in September 2013, and I don't know that I've ever seen that, actually. (And New York systematically posts bilingual signage - "Exit/Sortie 43," that sort of thing - in the last 40 or 50 miles.) Picture looks old...are you sure they still do that?
I lived in Saratoga Springs from 2007-2008 and they did have some posted every so often. But I think you're right. Google street view didn't show any and it's most recent date is Oct. 2014.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 12:16 AM   #63
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Old Texas state line speed limit sign:
What is (was) the speed limit for school buses?

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Picture looks old...are you sure they still do that?
Do cars sold in Canada have an odometer scale in both km/h and mph?
Do cars sold in the US have that?
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Old February 27th, 2015, 01:13 AM   #64
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I've never bought a car in Canada. :-)
Haven't bought one in the U.S. lately either.

Odometer or speedometer?

I guess my most recent experience with newish cars goes back to 2008-09, when I was a member of a car-sharing service. I remember some models have a digital display where you can switch systems, including the odometer, with a button on the dashboard. Otherwise, I think both systems are normal on speedometers (miles in a larger font than kilometers); odometers are in miles.

That's in the U.S., obviously. Metric police have probably banned miles in Canada.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 01:18 AM   #65
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Yeah in Canada is normally opposite of US, big km/h on speedo, little MPH, km odo

That said many cars show only km, they are almost always European models (e.g. BMW) who are just selling the European standard instrument cluster.

That NYS sign at 105 is very old, I remember it,, but haven't seen one for at least 10-15 years.

Going into NY at Lacolle/Champlain today in the same place as that picture (it's I-87 at US-11) they have a new FHWA metric-standard speed limit sign. It shows "SPEED LIMIT (100) km/h" with the number in a circle similar to European (really, it is like Mexican) standard. The MUTCD requires km/h limits to be in multiples of 10, so you can drive faster in miles than km (as 65 mph is about 104***** km/h)

But crossing into NY from Quebec at say, Cannon Corners, it shows a "Maximum 90 km/h" sign that looks stolen from Ontario.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 02:58 AM   #66
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Yeah in Canada is normally opposite of US, big km/h on speedo, little MPH, km odo

That said many cars show only km, they are almost always European models (e.g. BMW) who are just selling the European standard instrument cluster.

That NYS sign at 105 is very old, I remember it,, but haven't seen one for at least 10-15 years.

Going into NY at Lacolle/Champlain today in the same place as that picture (it's I-87 at US-11) they have a new FHWA metric-standard speed limit sign. It shows "SPEED LIMIT (100) km/h" with the number in a circle similar to European (really, it is like Mexican) standard. The MUTCD requires km/h limits to be in multiples of 10, so you can drive faster in miles than km (as 65 mph is about 104***** km/h)

But crossing into NY from Quebec at say, Cannon Corners, it shows a "Maximum 90 km/h" sign that looks stolen from Ontario.
Correct!


The dual signs were around the Saratoga Springs area of I-87 when I lived there 2007-2008.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 03:00 AM   #67
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Old February 27th, 2015, 04:15 AM   #68
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I've never heard of anyone getting a ticket for going 120km/hr on Ontario freeways.
I have. I usually set my cruise control for 119 just to be sure I'm ok.

Design speed for most of Ontario's 400-Series = 130km/h. That's why you feel so slow doing 100 on them!



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In addition to the 100km/h limit on Ontario and Quebec's highways, there are also speed limiters on trucks. They can't go faster than 105, which can really slow down the flow of traffic, especially if you have one trying to pass another.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:06 AM   #69
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Looking through the old speed limit signs, I can see why they aren't there anymore. They were far too many words to be read in 1-2 seconds driving down the road. They're much simpler now.
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The dual signs were around the Saratoga Springs area of I-87 when I lived there 2007-2008.
totally random question but you didn't drive a black 911 at the time did you?
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Old February 28th, 2015, 01:17 AM   #71
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totally random question but you didn't drive a black 911 at the time did you?
Shhhh! It was a secret.
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Old February 28th, 2015, 06:06 AM   #72
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What were the highest numerically specified speed limits ever signposted (or coded in law) in the US and Canada?

85 mph and 110 km/h?
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Old February 28th, 2015, 04:05 PM   #73
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What were the highest numerically specified speed limits ever signposted (or coded in law) in the US and Canada?

85 mph and 110 km/h?
85 mph is the highest numerical speed limit in the US to be posted (TX130).

120 kph is the highest numerical speed limit in Canada to be posted (BC 19).

These are the highest numerical speed limits both countries have ever had.

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Do cars sold in Canada have an odometer scale in both km/h and mph?
Do cars sold in the US have that?
Yes, Canadian cars shows mph and American cars include km/h. However, some cars may display the units on smaller electronic numbers, such as many Mercedes Benz.
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 04:28 AM   #75
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I have a completely different experience when I've driven through CT. I always saw troopers along the interstate except in the evening.
Guess it depends when you go. When I was still living there, I reguarly drove above 70 on I-84 inbetween Waterbury and Hartford where the speed limit was an ultra low 55 mph. Never got caught and barely ever saw any. But once you get to Mass, they're everywhere!
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Old March 4th, 2015, 02:27 PM   #76
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Minnesota raises speed limit to 60 on miles of two-lane road

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Minnesota motorists will soon be able to press a little harder on the gas on hundreds of miles of two-lane highways — legally.

Speed limits will rise from 55 to 60 mph as soon as the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) can get new signs up along 340 miles of state and federal highways, including long segments of Hwys. 55, 23 and 212.

With the change, Minnesota joins a national push to boost speed limits welcomed by many drivers but watched nervously by public safety officials.

“It’s happening all around the country,” said Russ Rader of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “There is no question that higher speeds get people to their destinations faster, but it comes at a cost, and that cost is safety, with more crashes and more severe crashes.”
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Besides having the highest posted numerical speed limit of 85 mph, Texas also is the only state that allows 75 mph on two lane roads.

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That is twice the speed limit of rural two-lane roads in Japan
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Speed limit to increase on some Minnesota highways

About 340 miles of highways in northern and western Minnesota will get higher speed limits in the next few weeks, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The two-lane highways, currently posted at 55 miles per hour, will increase to 60. The increases are the result of a 2014 legislative mandate for MnDOT to study the posted speed limits on all two-lane highways having a speed limit of 55 mph over a five-year period.

In some cases, the study results in the speed limit are staying the same. About 570 miles were evaluated in 2014 and 340 miles were increased.

Minnesota has about 7,000 miles of two-lane, two-way roads that will be studied in the next four years. This year, about 1,500 miles of highways will be studied.
The speed limit is effective when new speed limit signs are posted.
Full press release: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/newsrels/15/02/27speed.html
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Besides having the highest posted numerical speed limit of 85 mph, Texas also is the only state that allows 75 mph on two lane roads.
Definitely be careful on those two-lane roads at night. I was on a 60 mph two lane road at 6am (it was still dark) and hit a deer around a curve. A few months later I was in west Texas on another straight two lane road going about 55 mph because I was afraid of deer. Even with my brights on I couldn't see too far ahead (at 4am, I saw one car in 2 hours). I was watching the orange reflectors in the middle of the road and they seemed to blink. Sure enough, another deer. But that time I was going slow enough and he ran off.
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