Tarry for the Nonce

May 30, 2006

Zoom Zoom

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 4:07 pm

In an unexpected and refreshing move, Texas has increased its speed limit:

Last week, state highway officials in Fort Stockton unveiled the first 80-mph speed limit sign — reportedly the fastest posted speed limit in the nation . . .

The highways, among the most remote in the U.S., are generally four-lane, well-maintained and straight as an arrow mile after mile. It is often 10 to 15 miles between exit ramps. The affected highways total about 400 miles . . .

Told that some opponents say that most American drivers routinely drive 5 to 10 miles over the marked speed limit and that police officers generally allow at least a 5 mph leeway, Mr. Gallego laughed: “Doesn’t work that way out here. We’ve got some really lonely stretches of highways out here. If the speed limit is 65 and they catch you going 66, they’ll stop you, just to have somebody to talk to.”

Road trip, anyone?



  1. What a combination — talk slow, drive fast. If Texas keeps going this way, soon they’ll be able to get from Dallas to El Paso in the time it takes them to finish a sentence.

    Comment by Toly — May 31, 2006 @ 12:26 am

  2. Much more speed, and the cars will help produce enough wind speed to turn all those wind turbines on a calm day.

    Comment by Charles — May 31, 2006 @ 8:13 am

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