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  1. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    December 8th is the 10th Anniversary of the Repeal of the 55 National
    Maximum Speed Limit. Please take the time to pass the below press
    release on to your local media and remind them of this very important
    date.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Contact: Eric Skrum, Communications Director, National Motorists
    Association
    Telephone: (608) 849-6000
    Email: nma@motorists.org
    Web address: www.motorists.org


    10th Anniversary of the Repeal of the NMSL


    Madison, Wisconsin, December 6, 2005 — Motorists across the nation
    can celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the repeal of the National
    Maximum Speed Limit (NMSL) by driving at safe, legal speeds well
    above 55 mph. National legislation repealing the decades-old NMSL was
    signed into law on December 8, 1995.

    The NMSL, a product of the Nixon administration, was implemented in
    response to the OPEC oil embargo. After the embargo was lifted, a
    coalition of groups appeared in support of the lower limit as a "life-
    saving measure." It was because of such arguments that Congress
    passed legislation making the 55-mph National Maximum Speed Limit
    permanent in 1975.

    The Citizens Coalition for Rational Traffic Laws (CCRTL), which later
    became the National Motorists Association (NMA), was founded seven
    years later for the express purpose of repealing the NMSL. As public
    compliance shrank, Congressional supporters of the NMSL authorized a
    National Academy of Science study to document the benefits of the
    national limit. This study =adically altered the dynamics of the
    public's discussion of the limit.

    The NMA demanded that costs, as well as benefits, be part of any
    evaluation of this law. The debate was dragged into the public and
    political arenas and the support and rationalizations for the 55-mph
    NMSL started to show serious flaws. Claims of lives saved were proven
    largely invalid. The fact that non-compliance was much greater than
    the government was admitting also came to light. Public opinion began
    to shift, and it became socially and politically acceptable to at
    least talk about higher speed limits.

    During this discourse, the NMA became the clear primary opponent of
    the NMSL. Our organization encouraged sympathetic members of Congress
    to help us undo the damage of 55-mph limit. Ultimately, in 1987,
    despite predictions of thousands of additional highway fatalities,
    Congress decided to allow states to raise Interstate and expressway
    speed limits to 65 mph.

    By the early 1990s, these doom and gloom scenarios were proven false.
    All but a few states had opted to raise their speed limits, while
    fatality rates declined nationwide. Following this limited victory,
    the NMA continued to push for a full repeal of the NMSL. Through a
    little serendipity and a lot of hard work, Congress passed and
    President Clinton signed legislation that included a provision
    repealing the NMSL in its entirety.

    Again, opponents of the repeal claimed that without a national speed
    limit fatalities would increase by over 6,000 victims in the first
    year alone. Instead, many states raised limits to 70 or 75 mph,
    expanded 65-mph speed limits to other roads, and the number of
    fatalities actually declined. During the past ten years since that
    time, the fatality rate has continued to decline, despite higher
    speed limits and higher driving speeds. This clearly demonstrated
    that the 22-year-long experiment with an arbitrary national speed
    limit served no positive purpose. It wasted time, resources, and
    billions of dollars while neither reducing fuel consumption nor
    improving highway safety.

    The National Motorists Association was established in 1982 to
    represent the interests and rights of North American motorists. It is
    a grassroots organization that operates at the national level and
    through a system of state chapters. It continues to advocate safe and
    reasonable speed limits set in accordance with traffic engineering
    standards, not arbitrary political whim. The NMA is entirely
    supported through the contributions of individuals, families, and
    small businesses.

    Celebrating 20 years of protecting your rights!

    National Motorists Association 608/849-6000
    nma@motorists.org www.motorists.org
    Advocating, Protecting, and Representing the Rights of North American
    Motorists
     
  2. StarBellieAngel

    StarBellieAngel Senior Member

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    who cares anymore? haha... that's way old. they should make it 80.
     
  3. Celerity

    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    National limit is still 55, but not many people have it on the state level. Most places are 65 except where it's a total pain (South Rt8, Merritt Parkway, i-95 Urban... all in CT)

    Thank god you're not in Providence. Their limits were 45 last time I went through. Roads are concrete too.


    All of these speed limits are there as a general suggestion. What we need are police that observe "Reasonable and Prudent" (For 15 years the Merritt Parkway was "reasonable and Prudent", meaning it had no speed limit)

    -> Steve
     
  4. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    60 for state routes, 70 for Interstate routes in Indiana.

    65 for state routes, 65 for Interstate routes in Ohio.

    I love driving to Ohio now on US30... the speed limit goes up.
     
  5. davets

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    NY blows then:

    55 state limit on all unmarked roads AND I-87
    65 on most other highways

    and cops are fucks up here
     
  6. dveit

    dveit Well-Known Member VIP

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    I fucking love cops who sit at the 55/35 transition points and get the fuckers who don't slow down.... doesnt help being in a bright yellow bike....

    /rant

    55 & 65 here
     
  7. PhyRe

    PhyRe Senior Member

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    i love the merrit. if you feel like being lazy chill in the right lane and cruise but if you feel like moving get in the left and flash people to get the fuck out the way
     
  8. hosmer

    hosmer I made the millionth post VIP

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    Yeah, its 45 through Providence....


    Problem is theres NO WHERE for them to hide. Its Jersey-barriers in the middle and either concrete walls or guardrails on the sides...no open areas to hide (except on 195 where they're doing to "195 relocation" project). But, once that's finished, they're SOOL again for speed traps



    We've got a killer S-curve on 95 too....Sooooooooo good at 3am. I'll have to take a pic next time I'm riding through it
     
  9. phyregod

    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    I believe I was in colorado when I found an 80 or 85mph zone.. Could have been NM.. Not certain.

    That was pretty nice.
     
  10. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    basicaly
    drivers in the US suck
    vehicles in the US suck

    therefore we have to have restrictions to keep us all safe from ourselves and eachother

    deal with it
     
  11. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    :werd:

    I'd love to see some moron from the US go to Germany and try to sit his ass in the left lane on the autobahn like they all seem to like to do here... death from behind.
     
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    Battle Pope New Member

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    UGH!!! I fucking HATE that! Jesus H Christ if you want to go fucking slow, get in the RIGHT MOTHERFUCKING LANE or I'm gonna bust out the brights!
     
  13. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    you get ticketed for camping out in the left lane there... make your pass and get the fuck to the right
    aside from tailgateing its one of the worst things you can do there
    that and flipping people off [​IMG]

    driving is taken VERY seriously over there
    a driving test costs 2000euro (about $2500) and takes 2 weeks to complete
     
  14. dveit

    dveit Well-Known Member VIP

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    USA should take a goddamn hint.
     
  15. Slo86GT

    Slo86GT Super Moderator

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    Funny... this thread title is ironic...


    You can't drive at all right now, eh, B?

    Oooooo oooooo harsh.... hisssssss
     
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    dveit Well-Known Member VIP

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    [​IMG]

    that's a low blow, man
     
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