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(Automotive)   NHTSA poll says that a quarter of all motorists admit to driving faster than the speed limit. The other three quarters live in New York, L.A. and Washington, D.C. and have yet to experience going faster than 25 mph   (blogs.automotive.com) divider line 55
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2013-12-14 10:23:02 AM
That would be all fine and good if there weren't cities out there posting ridiculously low speed limits on a highway that's engineered for highway speeds so they can generate revenue.
 
2013-12-14 10:23:12 AM
From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.
 
2013-12-14 10:24:16 AM
east bound and down
 
2013-12-14 10:25:01 AM
Where I live, nearly everyone drives 5-10 miles over the speed limit, but normal, not like maniacs.
 
2013-12-14 10:25:25 AM

MagSeven: From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.


So they're doing what, 35 maybe 40mph?
 
2013-12-14 10:29:05 AM
Every year automobile design has improved safety, handling, stability, and efficiency while most people are busier
than ever. At the same time the speed limits remain the same as they have been for decades. In other words:

DUH
 
2013-12-14 10:31:06 AM
I live in Massachusetts so getting a kick. Unwritten speed limit here is 80 unless you're being an asshole.
 
2013-12-14 10:33:51 AM

MagSeven: From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.


That's to make up for all the time they are stuck in traffic.  It evens out in the end.
 
2013-12-14 10:35:15 AM
"admit to driving over the speed limit" I appreciate their cynicism.
 
2013-12-14 10:35:28 AM
Speed limits in most places are set pretty conservatively and under most normal road conditions a conscientious driver can safely drive 5-10mph over the limit.
 
2013-12-14 10:35:35 AM
I live in Angel City  and I get to drive faster than that.
 
2013-12-14 10:35:48 AM

No Soap Radio: I live in Massachusetts so getting a kick. Unwritten speed limit here is 80 unless you're being an asshole.


There are some that say being from Taxachusetts automatically enrolls you in the last part of your sentence, without any regard to the speed you are driving.

//some of my best friends are from Mass. , and yes most can be real assholes.//
 
2013-12-14 10:38:52 AM
If you are traveling at less than 115 MPH, please remain in the right hand lane where you belong.
 
2013-12-14 10:40:01 AM

ausfahrk: Where I live, nearly everyone drives 5-10 miles over the speed limit, but normal, not like maniacs.


Usually only a problem when you get the idiot drivers willing to race everyone and run up hard behind slower or stopped traffic before braking.

I was driving home from work one night, going only 30-35 in a 40 because the roads were slick ice when I watched an idiot hit two cars.  I was only going that fast because I had the lane to myself and had the lights timed, so I didn't have to worry about stopping.  A young idiot in the left lane got pissed because I passed him while he sat trying to take off when he got a green.  So he raced ahead, only to not be able to stop and slammed into two cars waiting for the next light to change.  As he realized he was then in trouble, I was easily going around the wreck and going on home.  Speed is relative, what you do with it, is what decides your next moment.
 
2013-12-14 10:42:52 AM

Voiceofreason01: Speed limits in most places are set pretty conservatively and under most normal road conditions a conscientious driver can safely drive 5-10mph over the limit.


And you just hit on why the speed limits are as low as they are.
 
2013-12-14 10:45:01 AM

MagSeven: From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.


There are places where most people don't go 10 over?
 
2013-12-14 10:46:21 AM

eas81: east bound and down


24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-12-14 10:46:24 AM

thurstonxhowell: MagSeven: From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.

There are places where most people don't go 10 over?


It's called Oregon.
 
2013-12-14 10:46:47 AM
They refuse to break 5 under in Evansville.
 
2013-12-14 10:48:50 AM

eas81: east bound and down

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2013-12-14 10:50:22 AM

lack of warmth: ausfahrk: Where I live, nearly everyone drives 5-10 miles over the speed limit, but normal, not like maniacs.

Usually only a problem when you get the idiot drivers willing to race everyone and run up hard behind slower or stopped traffic before braking.

I was driving home from work one night, going only 30-35 in a 40 because the roads were slick ice when I watched an idiot hit two cars.  I was only going that fast because I had the lane to myself and had the lights timed, so I didn't have to worry about stopping.  A young idiot in the left lane got pissed because I passed him while he sat trying to take off when he got a green.  So he raced ahead, only to not be able to stop and slammed into two cars waiting for the next light to change.  As he realized he was then in trouble, I was easily going around the wreck and going on home.  Speed is relative, what you do with it, is what decides your next moment.



Do you ever get in the far left carpool lane, when all of the other lanes are totally open, and drive exactly the speed limit, then feel all smug about it because you're following the letter of the law?  'Cause I'm trying to find that asshole.
 
2013-12-14 10:51:44 AM
I've driven through tons of speed traps around Chicago going 70 in a 55 and the cops don't even blink.  You need to be going 70 just to keep up with traffic.  And if you drive under 60 you WILL die, either by someone rear ending you going 90+, or someone shooting you because you are blocking traffic.
 
2013-12-14 10:52:37 AM

Chabash: thurstonxhowell: MagSeven: From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.

There are places where most people don't go 10 over?

It's called Oregon.


In Oregon, IIRC, the freeway speeds all end in 5, so people tend to round up to the nearest 10.  65 becomes 70, etc.  So you're technically right.
 
2013-12-14 10:54:59 AM
Having commuted on I-80 for several years between central Nebraska and Denver, I'm getting a kick out of these responses ... We often averaged well over 85mph as I-80 is just straight and flat. Now living on an island where the top speed is maybe 60mph in very short bursts, I was so excited to drive I-80 again last summer and open up the road.

/My CSS story: One time when I was in college, my dad brought my Grandma out for a recital of mine. On the way to Nebraska, Grandma asked my dad if they could go any faster, to which he said, "Mom, I'm already doing 105mph. How much faster do you want me to go??"
//Yes, dad gets a few speeding tickets, but always fights the tickets in court and generally wins.
 
2013-12-14 10:57:12 AM

PsychoLaurie: Having commuted on I-80 for several years between central Nebraska and Denver


please allow me to stop you right there. You have not lived in an area of high traffic.
 
2013-12-14 10:57:40 AM

BigLuca: I've driven through tons of speed traps around Chicago going 70 in a 55 and the cops don't even blink.  You need to be going 70 just to keep up with traffic.  And if you drive under 60 you WILL die, either by someone rear ending you going 90+, or someone shooting you because you are blocking traffic.


And that right there is why I love driving in Chicago when it's  not rush hour.
 
2013-12-14 11:07:31 AM

PsychoLaurie: Having commuted on I-80 for several years between central Nebraska and Denver, I'm getting a kick out of these responses ... We often averaged well over 85mph as I-80 is just straight and flat. Now living on an island where the top speed is maybe 60mph in very short bursts, I was so excited to drive I-80 again last summer and open up the road.

/My CSS story: One time when I was in college, my dad brought my Grandma out for a recital of mine. On the way to Nebraska, Grandma asked my dad if they could go any faster, to which he said, "Mom, I'm already doing 105mph. How much faster do you want me to go??"
//Yes, dad gets a few speeding tickets, but always fights the tickets in court and generally wins.


csb(sis)
20 miles east of Lincoln one Sunday in August I got passed by a 3 series BMW eastbound at 100MPH. I turned on my fuzzbuster and followed 1/4 mile behind him all the way to North Platte, where we coincidentally filled up at the same c store. Followed him at 100 to Julesburg where a guy in a Monte passed us both. Kicked it up to 115 to keep him in sight. Outside Ft Morgan the radar detector started screaming bloody murder, so we backed down to 80 real fast. Passed the Monte driver in handcuffs 3 miles down the road. I made Omaha to Denver in just over 6 hours that day.
 
2013-12-14 11:12:21 AM
I quit speeding years ago. Now I just don't slow down for corners.

/Being able to make a right turn in town without braking is cool.
 
2013-12-14 11:14:07 AM

ausfahrk: Chabash: thurstonxhowell: MagSeven: From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.

There are places where most people don't go 10 over?

It's called Oregon.

In Oregon, IIRC, the freeway speeds all end in 5, so people tend to round up to the nearest 10.  65 becomes 70, etc.  So you're technically right.


It's 60 through Salem but Marion County patrols it like crazy now that OSP can't offer enough coverage. The only people going faster are the Washington tools.
 
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2013-12-14 11:15:34 AM
thurstonxhowell

In most 75 mph zones in the West the average speed is close to the limit and few people are over 80.  Driving around the country, I saw crazy fast drivers zipping around traffic in southern California, I-25 north of Denver, and Missouri. And we get a few in the Northeast.
 
2013-12-14 11:17:15 AM
In my area nobody even knows speed limits exist. 10 over or 15 under, just however fast they feel like going. Yes I live in a small town.
 
2013-12-14 11:26:03 AM

lack of warmth: So he raced ahead, only to not be able to stop and slammed into two cars waiting for the next light to change.  As he realized he was then in trouble, I was easily going around the wreck and going on home.


Thanks for stopping to check if everyone was ok.
 
2013-12-14 11:30:07 AM
I didnt RTFA but I gotta ask:  A QUARTER?  as in 1/4, as in 25%?  Was the question phrased "Do you go over the speed limit while masturbating furiously and weaving through traffic at least once a day?" and was asked in front of the respondents mother and clergy member?  Because that's the only way I can even fathom that only 25% would be the positive response rate.
 
2013-12-14 11:31:22 AM
This is the thread where Fark justifies breaking the law
 
2013-12-14 11:38:40 AM
Just 1/4? I call bullshiat.  Just about everyone drives over the limit, even if it is just 5mph over.
 
2013-12-14 11:39:12 AM

Warlordtrooper: This is the thread where Fark justifies breaking the law


You don't know what it's like. You don't have a clue. If you did you'd find yourself doing the same thing, too.
 
2013-12-14 11:50:02 AM

sdd2000: No Soap Radio: I live in Massachusetts so getting a kick. Unwritten speed limit here is 80 unless you're being an asshole.

There are some that say being from Taxachusetts automatically enrolls you in the last part of your sentence, without any regard to the speed you are driving.

//some of my best friends are from Mass. , and yes most can be real assholes.//


Vermonters call them Massholes.
 
2013-12-14 11:55:02 AM
Who the hell did they interview?   If that said 3/4 drive over the limit, I'd believe it.

/What irks me is when people are wanting to ride my arse at 70-90 MPH, usually in cars which have worse braking than mine.   If you're going to drive at reasonable speeds (read: >70mph), at least give yourself enough reaction time to get out of a bad situation.  Also, know what your car  can and  can not do.  The latter being the most important.   Yes, I'm looking at you Mr. Minivan driver going 85+ mph.
 
2013-12-14 11:56:34 AM
All but the very worst drivers speed. Those that don't really shouldn't be behind the wheel. Their skill level is the same as being drunk.
 
2013-12-14 11:57:34 AM
In New Jersey, on those rare occasions when they highway's not jammed with broken heroes on a last-chance power drive, the posted speed limit is considered a minimum.
 
2013-12-14 11:58:57 AM

Madman drummers bummers: In New Jersey, on those rare occasions when they highway's not jammed with broken heroes on a last-chance power drive, the posted speed limit is considered a minimum.


They were born to run, after all...
 
2013-12-14 12:12:12 PM
All traffic build up is caused by the assholes in the passing lanes driving 50 mph as they pick their noses and vacantly stare off into the distance. These lost causes are aided and abetted by other assholes in the lane or lanes beside them running the same speed and NO ONE CAN FARKING GET AROUND THEM. That is all.
 
2013-12-14 12:24:54 PM
I'm in that 25%. I know the highways in the U.S. were built for 70MPH or better. I remember when they started the 55MPH idiocy in answer to the fuel crisis in the 1970's. And I dare you to get on I-95S in Rhode Island, once you get past Providence, if you're not doing at least 70MPH you're gonna get run off the road.

And I do wish we built our highways the way the Germans built the Autobahn. The Autobahn is built for very high speed and is several layers deep before the top coat of concrete.
 
2013-12-14 12:32:01 PM
This is the thread where everyone is a better than average driver.
'cept this guy  24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-12-14 12:43:40 PM
Everyone here drives a few miles an hour over - it's expected and the cops won't pull you over for it. It's the jackasses that go 15 miles an hour over and try to dodge around anyone who dares to at least treat the speed limit as a valid suggestion that end up causing huge accidents and making my commute 10x shiattier.

There was ice on the roads for a few days and we still had people trying to treat the roads like a racetrack.
 
2013-12-14 12:45:50 PM
In my experience, Pennsylvania drivers are the worst for getting in the passing lane and going 45mph. On I95. Between DC and Richmond. Of course, the actual speed on I95 between DC and Fredericksburg is 10mph between 3:00 PM and 7:00 pm (Southbound).
 
2013-12-14 01:08:36 PM

ausfahrk: Chabash: thurstonxhowell: MagSeven: From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.

There are places where most people don't go 10 over?

It's called Oregon.

In Oregon, IIRC, the freeway speeds all end in 5, so people tend to round up to the nearest 10.  65 becomes 70, etc.  So you're technically right.


I routinely see people doing 10 over on I-84 east of The Dalles.  The OSP seems to be a completely different beast east of the Cascades.  Still, I don't push it and keep it to only 5 over.

But over on I-5 south of Medford, when I see a car with Cali plates pass me doing 10 over, it is almost guaranteed that I'll see them along the side of the road 10 minutes later with an OSP trooper writing them up.  And you'll see them pulled over again just outside of Eugene.  The entire stretch of I-5 is like one giant speed-bump between California and Washington.
 
2013-12-14 01:20:13 PM

Dinjiin: ausfahrk: Chabash: thurstonxhowell: MagSeven: From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.

There are places where most people don't go 10 over?

It's called Oregon.

In Oregon, IIRC, the freeway speeds all end in 5, so people tend to round up to the nearest 10.  65 becomes 70, etc.  So you're technically right.

I routinely see people doing 10 over on I-84 east of The Dalles.  The OSP seems to be a completely different beast east of the Cascades.  Still, I don't push it and keep it to only 5 over.

But over on I-5 south of Medford, when I see a car with Cali plates pass me doing 10 over, it is almost guaranteed that I'll see them along the side of the road 10 minutes later with an OSP trooper writing them up.  And you'll see them pulled over again just outside of Eugene.  The entire stretch of I-5 is like one giant speed-bump between California and Washington.




After driving north from California into Oregon, it takes a great deal of self discipline to keep it near the legal limit in Oregon. The highway is pretty much the same, but after doing around 80 MPH on I5 for hours (and still getting passed regularly), the limits in Oregon make you feel as though you could get out and walk and keep up with traffic. But yeah, you either slow down or get a ticket.
 
2013-12-14 01:23:04 PM

MagSeven: From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.


Sounds legit.  Even if you're going 10 over, there's plenty of tight-wound people here who think that's too slow.

/southeastern VA
 
2013-12-14 01:29:47 PM

Gobobo: This is the thread where everyone is a better than average driver.
'cept this guy  [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x366]


Why'd that guy put reflective tape all over the back of his pants?
 
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