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Old December 26th, 2010, 07:07 PM   #6281
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how about all the 65 - 70 mph limits on rural freeways along the Eastern Seaboard or even Illinois or Wisconsin?
65mph on rural freeways, it is a total joke
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Old December 27th, 2010, 03:47 AM   #6282
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There are a few interstates in CT in rural areas at 55...now that makes me mad.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 06:10 AM   #6283
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Amazing video of the I-95 / I-495 southeastern part of the Washington Beltway.



Video works great at full-screen!
Drove on it a few days ago. Great bypass road, 3-4 lanes and great quality pavement.

Speed limit is 55 mph almost everywhere around D.C., but everybody drives 70 or more.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 06:48 AM   #6284
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Speed limit's in the US are a joke, almost all the roads have limits that are too low and most people simply ignore them so police easily earn money for the state writing tickets in speed traps.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 07:06 AM   #6285
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There are a few interstates in CT in rural areas at 55...now that makes me mad.
You know and I know that no one fellows that....its more like 70mph....in Rural areas....in Rural areas in the Virgina my cousins hit the gas and push 100mph.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 10:07 PM   #6286
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Cops sometimes are hiding in the woods so you have to be careful, especially at night. I try to stay below 65.
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Old December 28th, 2010, 05:55 AM   #6287
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Low speed limits are an artifact of the OPEC oil embargo in the 1970s, when a national 55 MPH speed limit was instituted in order to save fuel. This limit was repealed in (I think) the mid-1990s and speed limits have been rising since then.

I do prefer higher limits: I think they are actually safer than low speed limits, as driving at 55 MPH on a road designed for traffic at 70 MPH is just boring, so drivers will be more likely to pay less attention to the road than if they had been driving faster, and are more likely to crash. The argument in favor of lower speed limits in order to save fuel is a valid and good point, but cars are much more efficient now than they were in the 1970s, so it's less of a problem now.

55 MPH speed limits are most common now on urban highways where there's simply too much traffic for anything higher to be safe, and we're not yet to the point where we have higher speed limits at different times of day with lower traffic.

As far as speed traps go, I'd strongly suggest to always drive 2 MPH below the speed limit in the entire town of Falls Church, Virginia. There's pretty much no place in town with a speed limit higher than 25, and still the police are ridiculously strict in speed enforcement. There are places in numerous cities where people are likely to drive too fast, like at the bottom of a 30 MPH hill with lots of pedestrians, so the police will frequently sit there with a radar gun and wait for the poor fool driving at 31 MPH.
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Old December 28th, 2010, 06:04 AM   #6288
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What about during night or between rush hours? 55 mph is still too low, and its common for people to travel 60 and above.
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Old December 28th, 2010, 11:42 PM   #6289
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55 MPH speed limits are most common now on urban highways where there's simply too much traffic for anything higher to be safe, and we're not yet to the point where we have higher speed limits at different times of day with lower traffic.

As far as speed traps go, I'd strongly suggest to always drive 2 MPH below the speed limit in the entire town of Falls Church, Virginia. There's pretty much no place in town with a speed limit higher than 25, and still the police are ridiculously strict in speed enforcement. There are places in numerous cities where people are likely to drive too fast, like at the bottom of a 30 MPH hill with lots of pedestrians, so the police will frequently sit there with a radar gun and wait for the poor fool driving at 31 MPH.

I always drive 4 mph above speed limit in city and never had any problems.

Is it really that strict at Falls Church? I actually visited my friends there last week and drove through the town, but didn't see anything different from other towns.

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Old December 29th, 2010, 08:36 AM   #6290
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I always drive 4 mph above speed limit in city and never had any problems.

Is it really that strict at Falls Church? I actually visited my friends there last week and drove through the town, but didn't see anything different from other towns.
I've not been there but about 3 times, without seeing a police car once, but I've heard they make a substantial effort to make as much money from speeding tickets as possible.

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What about during night or between rush hours? 55 mph is still too low, and its common for people to travel 60 and above.
Like I say, we're not yet to the point where we have different speed limits at different times of the day.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 11:53 AM   #6291
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Speed limit's in the US are a joke, almost all the roads have limits that are too low and most people simply ignore them so police easily earn money for the state writing tickets in speed traps.
Traffic police have mostly become just fundraisers for states. It's atrocious.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 02:57 PM   #6292
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Like I say, we're not yet to the point where we have different speed limits at different times of the day.
Doesn't Texas have night speed limits?
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Old December 29th, 2010, 11:57 PM   #6293
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Doesn't Texas have night speed limits?
I think they do have different limits. I drove I-10 from Louisiana to New Mexico and I think there were signs with these double limits, at least west of San Antonio. But I could be wrong as it was over 10 years ago.
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Old December 30th, 2010, 01:21 AM   #6294
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I think they do have different limits. I drove I-10 from Louisiana to New Mexico and I think there were signs with these double limits, at least west of San Antonio. But I could be wrong as it was over 10 years ago.
Texas has a blanket 65mph speed limit at night, which is really annoying. It wouldn't be so bad if they raised it to 70 (and TxDOT has the power to do so).

The only roads that break this limit are some of the tollways operated by NTTA in the Dallas-Ft Worth area. The Bush Turnpike and Rayburn Tollway are both 70 for most of their distances with no lower night limit.
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Texas has a blanket 65mph speed limit at night, which is really annoying. It wouldn't be so bad if they raised it to 70 (and TxDOT has the power to do so).

The only roads that break this limit are some of the tollways operated by NTTA in the Dallas-Ft Worth area. The Bush Turnpike and Rayburn Tollway are both 70 for most of their distances with no lower night limit.
What would be so bad about a realistic speed limit say 75 or 80? I mean, most drivers do it anyway, and don't the few that follow the low speed limit pose a threat to safety?
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Old December 30th, 2010, 05:04 AM   #6296
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I think 80 mph would be much more realistic than now.

The current standards have nothing to do with safety, but to make money. State police need to fill those quotas before the month's over you know.
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Old December 31st, 2010, 06:31 AM   #6297
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What I find strange is that although speed limit is 55 and 65 (i.e. normal in US but slow for Europe) a lot of cars drive slower than the one with the camera. So either he drives too fast or so many people think even 55/65 is too fast.
Maybe I could provide some insight to this...

I'm actually the person who made the video that Chris linked to (btw, thank you for the exposure!). At some points I was going over the limit because some people were hogging the left lanes by driving under the posted speed limit, and I have a limited amount of HD recording time (I use a Canon 7D, for anyone who knows the story with those...). At no point in the video did I go above 80 mph. When I speed up the videos, it sometimes give viewers (and myself) the illusion that I was going faster than I actually was. However, anywhere between 70 and 80 is my typical cruising speed if there isn't any congestion. I agree that the speed limits should be raised as I notice many people regularly going 80 and above when they think no one is looking. Hope this helped!

If any of you are interested, here is a link to my newest video of I-395 into DC:


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Old December 31st, 2010, 12:12 PM   #6298
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Nice vid. What software do you use to make those vids?
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Very nice videos, cosmoboy!

Out of curiosity, how did you mount your 7D on the dashboard?
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