Back in the 1980′s, the speed limit was decreased along many major highways to 55 mph, in an effort to save on fuel economy (or so it was presumed). No only did Sammy Hagar write a song about it in 1984, but the rest of us quickly found out that we couldn’t drive fifty-five, either.
While we don’t want to imply that people should exceed the speed limit, one trip to the far left lane at the posted speed will show you how effective those signs have been. We’ve all heard the stories of the slow guy in the fast lane, or the fast guy passing people in the slow lane because of the slower traffic.
It appears that the government had decided that none of us can drive 55, so it was increased, little by little, across the country. Many states increased it to 65, and many others now have signs with 70 as the speed limit.
But one toll road in Texas between Austin and San Antonio, State Highway 130, recently had a bit of an increase. The Texas Department of Transportation has determined that the 41 mile stretch is safe enough for the new speed limit being posted: 85. The highway will open for traffic by November 11, and resides on the east side of Austin heading southwest towards San Antonio.
That makes this highway the highest limit in the country, which only stands to reason since the saying goes, “everything is bigger in Texas”. This poses the question about law enforcement, because if you’ve ever had the need for speed, you have probably heard that you can usually get away with a few mph more than the posted limit as long as you’re being safe.
We don’t condone speeding, but we’re curious who will get the first speeding ticket on this stretch of highway, and if it will be for going 86 in an 85 mph zone. Don’t laugh, as ridiculous as it sounds it could happen, given our penchant for pushing the boundaries as far as we can get away with. Time will tell.