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nraacct

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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:03:12 AM

When our legislators want to move fast, by golly, they move fast.

Take Sen. Neal Hunt’s proposal to let drivers go 75 mph on some North Carolina highways. It would bump up the state speed ceiling established 17 years ago at 70 mph.


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blupupher
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 8:16:04 AM

This is not a news article it is an opinion piece. It is quite obvious this article is against faster speeds.
Also has several inaccuracies. While Texas does have an 85 MPH speed limit, it is currently only on a single 41 mile stretch of roadway. Also, the 80 MPH limit is on around 500 miles of I-10 and I-20 in west Texas.
They also do not acknowledge that Utah has an 80 MPH limit on some of it's roads (~ 35 miles).
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Radar1992
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 6:31:21 AM

Most people drive 5 mph above the speed limit anyway...and with NC gas taxes, the less time I can spend traversing through the state the better...
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BBopp
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 4:46:57 AM

I see no need to have the speed limit raised to 75 mph. I'll be riding in the right hand lane.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 1:17:53 AM

75 is a reasonable speed. Most cars feel like they are loafing along at 80. Cars effortlessly cruise at 80 mph today due to superior tires, engines, and suspensions.
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mpg611
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 12:17:49 AM

Where the 75 mph speed limit is safe and reasonable then go for it.
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Night Owl
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 10:19:57 PM

There goes fuel economy.
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dkp1960
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:44:16 PM

Interesting to see that on the east coast.
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SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:42:44 PM

Too fast
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Tacodan
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 8:54:11 PM

drive like he11 and you'll get there................
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Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 7:45:28 PM

I can't understand 75mph along with the cell phones ban
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RAE344
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 5:46:54 PM

Is it still considered reckless if you go over 80 mph?
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sks1586
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 5:37:29 PM

Awesome. Other state Legislators should learn from N.C. Legislators.
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mike56MI
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 5:06:01 PM

OK
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ss70
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 3:49:08 PM

Michigan Legislators ... Are you listening ... wake up ...
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Zuegma
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 3:42:20 PM

Some people can barely handle 55 mph and it only takes 1 bad apple to ruin the barrel.
A 75 mph (official) 'limit' likely means 85 mph for too many; the probability of 75 car pile-ups just might climb.
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 3:38:04 PM

Calm down people.

" It authorizes the state Department of Transportation to allow the higher speed only where it determines that 75 mph is “reasonable and safe.”

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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 1:23:12 PM

brbts - 75 may be too fast for your area, but should work fine on, for example, I-40 from Raleigh to Wilmington (the first stretch of road posted at 70). As for people driving too fast, no speed limit will help that. We just need to keep watching out for them as always.
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endymion
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 1:10:54 PM

They'll be fewer tickets but more fatalities.
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kag2010
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:59:02 PM

Makes sense.
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admiller316
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:51:43 PM

Yeah! We won't be able to go as far, but we'll get there faster! -_-
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tnfran
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:06:15 PM

All the while we the consumer are forced to accept sub standard gas with the crap ethanol in it " to save fuel" . Another DUH!!!
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mattpolska
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:55:50 AM

thats nice but ur mpg shudnt go that much down i get 6 Litres Per 100 k on the highway at 100kmph at 120 (75) i get 7.5 Litres Per 100 k do i realy care no and gas is 1.349 a litre so 5.10 a gallon

[Edited by: mattpolska at 6/18/2013 11:56:35 AM EST]
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OTISFL
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:55:25 AM

No doubt a money grabber to get people to buy more gas.
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ObieDog
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:50:22 AM

But not in a Tesla. See other articles.
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schvanda63
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:48:53 AM

Speed up 5 mph, gas mileage down 10 - 20%. If you feel the need go ahead, just don't complain about the cost of gas.
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amoshins
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:40:44 AM

Why change the law so quickly?
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jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:32:38 AM

Makes sense.
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:16:28 AM

I guess the trend now is to raise the speed limit to try to recuperate more gas tax.
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Fleabite44
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:12:27 AM

Once upon a time speed limits were not set arbitrarily. Gadgets similar to a speed camera recorded the speeds and the limit was set just above the average speed. going south on 95 from Virginia down most cars do 70-75. Lets make it legal.
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investmentdr
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:05:07 AM

will someone please explain the political benefit of killing off voters
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Discovery02
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:04:36 AM

Now if they'd only approve distilling moonshine while driving, NC would really be in good shape.
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IronMyShirt
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:04:11 AM

Ohio's just now moving to 70 in some spots. We're decades away from anything like that.
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CaptainStall
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:01:00 AM

Glad to hear DOT will consider it on a road-by-road basis if passed.
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brbts
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 10:53:47 AM

Too fast - people already drive 10-20 MPH over the posted limit. Higher speeds just lead to more accidents and deaths on the highways. The higher the limit the faster they'll drive. Keep it at 70 or below.
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ontheroadBC
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 10:45:03 AM

a lot of the speed limits should be looked at and revised, some were made and left as is for more than 20 years.
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TripleHs
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 10:20:57 AM

a good move
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:48:08 AM

Sounds good to me wish they would do it in all 50 states.
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frankfdavis
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:40:40 AM

I believe that most interstates should be 75.
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:39:22 AM

Good to hear.
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:39:15 AM

Would suit me fine as I prefer a solid 80 on the interstate where possible and prudent....
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coughlin
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:27:51 AM

Those that have wanted to are already doing 75.
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Bttlecat
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:20:25 AM

If the roads and conditions support safe driving at that speed, then go for it.
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madison8359
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:12:56 AM

And this makes sense why?
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00MrSlate00
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:07:45 AM

That's great!
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:05:19 AM

heck, most do that already.....................
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