Posted by MC Trader (+453) 4 years ago
Kinda scary out there. Any thoughts on this 80 mph effective right before bad weather hits for winter??
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Posted by cubby (+2464) 4 years ago
Every time I'm on the interstate it seems as though all the cars are doing 80mph anyways so I don't see any problems wit this. People just have to remember when the speed limit was set at 75mph highway patrol officers would allow you to push it a bit and go 80 or so with out ticketing you, now the fines have been raised and I don't believe they will allow anything more then say 81 before they start pulling people over.
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Posted by Don Birkholz (+1127) 4 years ago
I think you are allowed to drive 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, when passing, so that would make 90 mph while passing legal.
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Posted by David Schott (+14269) 4 years ago
It appears the 10 mph over for passing only applies to two-lane roads. Does the 80mph speed limit apply to two-lane roads?

http://leg.mt.gov/bills/m...-8-303.htm

(2) A vehicle subject to the speed limits imposed in subsection (1) traveling on a two-lane road may exceed the speed limits imposed in subsection (1) by 10 miles an hour in order to overtake and pass a vehicle and return safely to the right-hand lane.
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Posted by Don Birkholz (+1127) 4 years ago
Reply to David Schott (#361737)
80 mph increase applies only on I15, 90, and 94, and only parts of these interstates. There were at least three bills to increase the speed limit (HB 480, 603, which missed the transmittal deadline), and SB 375 which passed. HB480 and 603 are listed under the "motor vehicle" bills, but SB375 (same exact type of law) is listed under "traffic regulation", and not listed with the same other two bills to increase the speed limit. "Let's see, we have three bills to increase the speed limit, lets put two in the section on "motor vehicle bills", and put the third in the "traffic regulation bills".

Doesn't make sense to me.

[Edited by Don Birkholz (10/4/2015 6:39:02 AM)]
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+9778) 4 years ago
Lots of legislators love to drive like bats out of hell. Some love driving like bats out of hell while drunk, too.

[Edited by Amorette Allison (10/5/2015 12:28:35 PM)]
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Posted by Forsyth Mike (+431) 4 years ago
Under the 75 limit, I always drove around 80. Now I can do that legally. I think the majority of other people will do the same.
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Posted by Oddjob (+179) 4 years ago
I learned to drive and grew up with "reasonable and prudent" and as a result, have suffered life-long angst with 55MPH, 65MPH and 75MPH. The Federally-mandated 55MPH speed limit was like water torture and every gallon of gas that was allegedly "saved" had a high cost in blood. Speed limits on the Interstate system are slowly crawling back to where they should be.

Idaho and Utah have long stretches of highway with an 80 MPH speed limit and what I have observed is the greatest danger out there is idiots who slow down to 65 or 70 while talking or texting on their damn phones.

I have never felt that speed was the biggest factor in highway deaths. I believe the greatest risk is exposure time. That is, the longer you are on the highway, the greater your risk is of having an accident and I think an honest analysis of the statistics would bear this out.
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