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Old July 17th, 2010, 11:34 PM   #861
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I remember driving in FL last year on I75, on an endless straight line with 70 mph. It was so boring. I missed European speed limits that day.
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Old July 18th, 2010, 12:39 AM   #862
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Chirs, my typo. I meant 70 mph on almost all non-coastal state, not 75. In any case, that dark-green area could spill throughout the rest of the map like the Deep Horizon oil spill (bad joke, I know).
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Old July 18th, 2010, 04:26 AM   #863
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The issue with American drivers and their highways is that they don't have an ordered driving style. That's why the speed limit is so low. I'm trying to say that in Europe it's normal that you drive on the right side at all times unless you wanna pass another car. Here in the USA people drive on the left side all the time and they also drive on the right side. What you get is that you have to slalom between cars and switch lanes all the time. There is no space or time to speed up. It's annoying as fck and I can completely understand that it's not a pleasure for most Europeans to rent a car in the USA and drive on their highways. My family is coming over tomorrow night, let's see how they like it..
That is indeed a problem, generally I'd say about half obey the keep right rule but most people don't. I'm the person usually weaving through cars and thats going only 5mph faster on the rural highways we have here.

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I remember driving in FL last year on I75, on an endless straight line with 70 mph. It was so boring. I missed European speed limits that day.
Honestly 75mph or 80mph is really the average speed on I-75, for most parts its tough to go faster and I wouldn't recommend it.

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Fixed for Virginia. 70 is a recent addition, and is the exception rather than the rule on rural Interstates - 65 is the norm.

You really really shouldn't do more than 5 MPH over the speed limit, particularly in a speed trap where a radar-wielding cop might be hiding. Never drive faster than 75 miles per hour! You'll have a cop on your ass in a heartbeat. Speeds on Interstate 81 are about the same as the speed limit (65), but other interstates are less crowded so the speed is usually about 70 with a 65 MPH speed limit.

People nearly always obey, or almost obey, the speed limit, so if you obey the speed limit everyone's happy, but if you drive too fast you'll have problems. I haven't been very far from Virginia, but from what I've found on teh interwebs, Southern drivers are mostly very safe and courteous, with a tiny minority of extremely dangerous drivers; I think that's safer from what I perceive to be the norm in NJ, where most drivers are moderately unsafe.

Note that in Falls Church, speed limits are excessively low and the entire town is a speed trap. I tend to drive 2-3 MPH under the speed limit there.

(*)Anything from tractors to rednecks, which might or might not have a cop after them.
I agree here in Florida we have all kinds of drivers the southern drivers either drive like you said or fast. The northern drivers drive all over the place and however they want(usually slower).
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Old July 18th, 2010, 09:15 PM   #864
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I'm going to be driving from Hamilton, ON to Lethbridge, AB going through the States at the end of August. I'm just curious as to what the general travelling speed through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana are?
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Old July 19th, 2010, 01:49 AM   #865
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Local road in western Ukraine. The speed limit is almost as high as on most US Interstates (68 mph):


http://www.panoramio.com/photo/24555885

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Old July 19th, 2010, 09:19 PM   #866
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Thats nearly as fast as the British motorway speed limt(112), and not to far off the Portuguese and Spanish motorway speed limit(120)
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Old July 19th, 2010, 09:38 PM   #867
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My experience is Ukraine is that speedlimits (and some other rules) have no meaning at all. Most people, except the ones with a Lada of truck, ignore the limits and like to race.
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Old July 21st, 2010, 11:09 PM   #868
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The reason speed limits are lower in America is that in the 1970s, the speed limit was nationally limited to 55 (90) to conserve fuel. Since the law was repealed in the 1990s it's been slowly creeping up and I'm sure at some point American speed limits will be more similar to European ones.
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Old July 21st, 2010, 11:13 PM   #869
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I really wish Ontario speed limits were more like Europe. At least the cops here are pretty lenient. As long as you are doing no more than 130 in 100 your pretty much okay. In 80 zones 100-110 is okay for the most part.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 03:44 AM   #870
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I really wish Ontario speed limits were more like Europe. At least the cops here are pretty lenient. As long as you are doing no more than 130 in 100 your pretty much okay. In 80 zones 100-110 is okay for the most part.
In Virginia, doing 80mph in ANY speed limit would get the fuzz on yo ass quicker than you could say "Wuh--?"

They might let you get away with no more than 10mph over the limit, and you're safe doing no more than 5 over. There are a few places I know of where, if you're doing anything at all over the speed limit (26 in a 25 zone that would reasonably be posted as 30 or 35) you'll get a ticket. (They're called "speed traps" for a REASON!)

15 mph over the limit and you've got a guaranteed police escort, whether you want it or not.

And they're generally not seen as strict at all... I guess it's just because if you do more than 10mph over the speed limit you're going significantly faster than other traffic and you stand out like a sore thumb. I guess that's why cops don't seem to exist until you REALLY don't need them.

Oh yes, and radar detectors are illegal too.

I actually think that cop car above is from Madison, Wisconsin.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 05:10 AM   #871
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In Virginia, doing 80mph in ANY speed limit would get the fuzz on yo ass quicker than you could say "Wuh--?"

They might let you get away with no more than 10mph over the limit, and you're safe doing no more than 5 over. There are a few places I know of where, if you're doing anything at all over the speed limit (26 in a 25 zone that would reasonably be posted as 30 or 35) you'll get a ticket. (They're called "speed traps" for a REASON!)

15 mph over the limit and you've got a guaranteed police escort, whether you want it or not.

And they're generally not seen as strict at all... I guess it's just because if you do more than 10mph over the speed limit you're going significantly faster than other traffic and you stand out like a sore thumb. I guess that's why cops don't seem to exist until you REALLY don't need them.

Oh yes, and radar detectors are illegal too.

I actually think that cop car above is from Madison, Wisconsin.
Radar detectors are illegal here... and are in most places in Canada. And thanks for bringing that up. I'm going to get one of those for when I go to the States. They are legal in most states right. I'm going to be going through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 05:47 AM   #872
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Radar detectors are illegal here... and are in most places in Canada. And thanks for bringing that up. I'm going to get one of those for when I go to the States. They are legal in most states right. I'm going to be going through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana.
When I was first driving 20-odd years ago, they were illegal only in Virginia, Connecticut and I think D.C. (Sign seen at Connecticut's borders: "The Installation and Use of Radar Detectors is ILLEGAL IN CONNECTICUT")

EDIT/UPDATE:
They're not illegal in Connecticut, and haven't been since 1992. I feel old. (Learned this while looking for one of the famous signs.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_detector

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Old July 22nd, 2010, 07:08 AM   #873
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In Virginia, doing 80mph in ANY speed limit would get the fuzz on yo ass quicker than you could say "Wuh--?"

They might let you get away with no more than 10mph over the limit, and you're safe doing no more than 5 over. There are a few places I know of where, if you're doing anything at all over the speed limit (26 in a 25 zone that would reasonably be posted as 30 or 35) you'll get a ticket. (They're called "speed traps" for a REASON!)

15 mph over the limit and you've got a guaranteed police escort, whether you want it or not.

And they're generally not seen as strict at all... I guess it's just because if you do more than 10mph over the speed limit you're going significantly faster than other traffic and you stand out like a sore thumb. I guess that's why cops don't seem to exist until you REALLY don't need them.

Oh yes, and radar detectors are illegal too.

I actually think that cop car above is from Madison, Wisconsin.
You are the first person to say Virginia cops aren't strict. Virginia, along with Ohio, are the strictest enforcing states in the country based on all the stuff I read over the years from other people's experiences.
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Old July 23rd, 2010, 04:54 PM   #874
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Ukrainian speed limits

Common Ukrainian speed limits are:
Living and pedestrian zone - 20 km/h
City/town/village - 60 km/h
Roads outside cities (single carriageways) - 90 km/h
Roads outside cities (dual carriageways) and freeways (same to Italian superstrada) - 110 km/h
Highways (same to Italian autostrada) - 130 km/h

Near schools and some other potentially dangerous places the police usually put the 40 km/h sign or even 20. Sometimes if the police consider a road to be safe, they may allow to do 80 on this road inside a city or 110 (130) outside, but this year they didn't.
Besides, entering a town which name is written on a blue sign you may continue to drive 90 or 110 (depends on the type of a road), but only on this road. So, if you take another street of this town, you will have to do 60.
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Radar detectors are illegal here... and are in most places in Canada. And thanks for bringing that up. I'm going to get one of those for when I go to the States. They are legal in most states right. I'm going to be going through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana.
As far as I know they're only illegal in Virginia and (not sure about) Delaware. You should be pretty safe, but Virginia doesn't care where you're from, NOBODY can have them.
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You are the first person to say Virginia cops aren't strict. Virginia, along with Ohio, are the strictest enforcing states in the country based on all the stuff I read over the years from other people's experiences.
I didn't say they're not strict, I said people don't think of them as being strict. (At least I don't...)

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And they're generally not seen as strict at all... I guess it's just because if you do more than 10mph over the speed limit you're going significantly faster than other traffic and you stand out like a sore thumb. I guess that's why cops don't seem to exist until you REALLY don't need them.
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You are the first person to say Virginia cops aren't strict. Virginia, along with Ohio, are the strictest enforcing states in the country based on all the stuff I read over the years from other people's experiences.
I didn't say they're not strict, I said people don't think of them as being strict.

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And they're generally not seen as strict at all... I guess it's just because if you do more than 10mph over the speed limit you're going significantly faster than other traffic and you stand out like a sore thumb. I guess that's why cops don't seem to exist until you REALLY don't need them.
The main thing with cops being strict is that they tend to pick out places where people are likely to speed a lot, like at the bottom of a hill, and hide with a radar gun. These areas quickly become known as speed traps and the name stays even if a cop hasn't been hiding there for some time. For the most part they let you get by at about 5mph over, 5-10 is iffy, 10+ is dangerous, and 15+ is a guaranteed ticket; in speed traps I always try to go 1mph under the speed limit. If every single car is going faster than the speed limit they'll usually let you by if you're just keeping up with traffic; they pick the ones that stand out as being particularly fast.

It is perfectly legal for a cop to give you a ticket for doing 56 in a 55 speed zone.
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I just found this site and thought I'd revive the conversation on speed limits.

In Texas, the speed limit is 75 mph (120 kph) on some two lane roads.


From 1995 to 1999, Montana's Reasonable and Prudent speed limit.

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I believe Maine just decided to establish 75 as the speed limit on the lightly-traveled northern reaches of I-95 (from a bit north of Bangor to the Canadian border).

There may be a post in the Interstates thread.
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the lightly-traveled northern reaches of I-95
The least traveled section of any Interstate Highway to be accurate. (1 900 vehicles per day)
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