Previous poll Next poll

Do you think it’s a good idea to increase the speed limit on some Kansas highways to 75 mph?

Response Percent Votes
52% 739
43% 622
I’m not sure
3% 54
Total 1415


irvan moore 6 years ago

will a higher speed make the drivers texts get there sooner

Bob Forer 6 years ago

Not according to Einsteins Law of Relativity.

dipweed 6 years ago

You're right! It's just like with daylight savings time gives the farmer's crops an extra hour of sunlight to grow!

Lisa Hallberg 6 years ago

Perhaps, as an oil-producing state, this will help our state's economy by the consumption of more gasoline. But I think that's a stretch. Instead, it will encourage people to drive faster which will, in turn, lower the fuel efficiency of their vehicles, costing them more money. Brilliant. Way to increase our dependence on oil while simultaneously imposing an idiot tax on drivers.

TheStonesSuck 6 years ago

You're looking half_empty to me. O_0

nut_case 6 years ago

I can appreciate some of your points, though idiots will find a way to tax themselves regardless of any speed limit, so that is somewhat of a moot point.

GD4TREY 6 years ago

Have you been on the Turnpike or K-10 lately??? Most drivers seem to be going 75 or greater already...

homechanger 6 years ago

I already drive 80 mph. So now I can drive 85. So there.

ksriver2010 6 years ago

The powers that be are making a big propaganda push this week that they will not allow 5 mph over the speed limit anymore. No tolerance.

I personally drive 80 all the time on those highways. And on the turnpike between Lawrence and Topeka that is slow.

ksjayhawk74 6 years ago

I remember back in the day when I-70 had a 55 mph speed limit and you knew you could get away with 60... What a bunch of chumps we were.

John Hamm 6 years ago

And I remember the days when the Turnpike was 80 and a heck of a lot safer than it is now - no cell phones, no texting, people actually driving not riding.

Sigmund 6 years ago

half_full (Lisa Hallberg) says ... "Perhaps, as an oil-producing state, this will help our state's economy by the consumption of more gasoline. But I think that's a stretch. Instead, it will encourage people to drive faster which will, in turn, lower the fuel efficiency of their vehicles, costing them more money"

A substantial part of that increased money goes to the State of Kansas. Actually the gas tax is higher per gallon than what "Big Oil" makes per gallon! I would think all those in favor of higher taxes would welcome this news and drive faster to increase state funding. Further, to insure that the rich pay their fair share, the rich should be required to drive at least 5 mph faster than the working class poor.

Armored_One 6 years ago

You are calling for enforcement of traffic laws, especially the speed limits, both the lower and higher ends of it. If someone is travelling the legal speed limit in the right lane, but yet you feel the need to pass them, are you not breaking the law yourself?

I agree that people travelling well under the posted speed limit are a hazard, but if you are travelling the posted speed limit, then it truly shouldn't matter.

Sounds to me more like you are wanting to turn the left lane into a permanent speed trap more than calling for law enforcement.

Brandon Devlin 6 years ago

Yup. . .I curse those people everyday, while wondering where that Highway Patrol is that is supposed to ticket them.

I miss driving the Autobahn where everyone knows how to properly.

Brandon Devlin 6 years ago

I'm not asking to drive the speeds of the Autobahn (which, most people don't realize, are not completely "no speed limit." The only stretches like that are on long stretches that have no woods, exits, or communities. Not as easy to find as you might think.) I'm asking not to be stuck by someone in the passing lane who refuses to drive even close to the published speed limit.

The law on the Autobahn is that you stay in the right hand lane unless you are passing and must yield to a faster car behind you. Commercial trucks NEVER are in the passing lane; the exception being on stretches where there are three lanes on each side, and a commercial vehicle CAN pass a slower vehicle using the middle lane. I honestly have never had the frustration on the Autobahn that I find myself having on the interstate.

50YearResident 6 years ago

Why Not? I reviewed the hyway map affected and they are all 70 MPH anyway. 5 MPH more isn't going to change anything except for the thousands of $$$ that will be required to change all the speed limit signs.

KEITHMILES05 6 years ago

Idiotic change and will not benefit at all.

Eddie Muñoz 6 years ago

Well, it will benefit some in that they will get to their destination a bit faster.

pace 6 years ago

I am of the opinion that I like the 55 mph that reduced gas consumption and saved lives. I would like to see it be 55. This is not a popular opinion, just mine.

loosecaboose 6 years ago

I agree. I want to live and will not travel on a 75 mph road. I have avoided I70 in Colorado when going to Denver for years.

iLikelawrence 6 years ago

No one forces you to do the speed limit. The highway minimums are 40. If you want to drive slower to save gas, do so. But stay in the right lane and be an attentive driver. Look at traffic coming up behind you and drive accordingly speeding up when necessary so not to be a danger. I drive 63 and get 36mpg. When I go 70 I drop to 32. I don't enjoy driving slow but the cost difference makes it up.

My 2 cents.

pace 6 years ago

I do drive a bit slow but not if the traffic flow might offer problems for other drivers. I don't want to be the grandma that everyone has to pass. The right lane is for almost everyone except for those who are passing. I think at times driving below the average speed of the other vehicles constitute danger. I do think tail gating and people not signaling to change lanes are chronic problems. What does it save to not signal?

iLikelawrence 6 years ago

Totally agree. 'Grandma driving' and efficient driving are different. At 435/I35 efficient driving goes out the window in exchange for defensive driving... I-70 from Lawrence to Topeka with three lanes: Efficient driving.

squawkhawk 6 years ago

People complain that we need to make highways safer (K-10 most recently), yet many want to increase the speed limit too. It has been proven that faster speed limits result in more deaths. Seems some people want their cake and want to eat it too.

woodscolt 6 years ago

Make the highways more dangerous. More fatalities. Great Idea.

gsxr600 6 years ago

70mph speed limit = just a bumper scratch 75mph speed limit = EVERYONE.WILL.DIE.

woodscolt 6 years ago

Thats probably how you see it gs. Just because they are raising the speed limit to 75 doesn't mean that 70 is safe. Thats my point it is already dangerous so why make it more so. 65Mph=75 to 80: 70mph= 80 to 85: 75mph=85 to 90. Anyone who doesn't think raising the speed limit will lead to more accidents and therefore fatalities is glossing over the facts. Unfortunately, just wait and find out what I already know. I value human life and therefore I prefer fewer fatalities. Aparently your ok with a few more highway fatalities.

jonas_opines 6 years ago

Trace amounts of missed sarcasm detected

Curtis Lange 6 years ago

The 'there will be more fatalities' argument is stale. Its 5 mph people. Not only that, but people have generally been doing 75 mph already on the highways that are being bumped up. "Oh, well they are going to go even faster now!" Maybe, maybe not. Cops will be more keen to pull people over when they see a 8x flash across their radar gun. That will help keep people at 79 mph. IMO, they should raise I-70 and I-35 to 80 mph...

Also, the gas argument is bull as well. Two weekends ago I made a trip to OK. Cruise was set at 76 mph the whole way. What was my MPG? 32 MPG... Oh no!

As someone said earlier, speed isn't the problem. Its idiots that stay in the left lane (among other driving errors) when they have zero business being there. Make the pass then get back in the right lane. That is why the left lane is called the PASSING LANE. Amazing, huh?

Carol Bowen 6 years ago

So, let me see if I understand what you are saying. You think you should have full access to the left lane because your cruise control was set 9 mph over the speed limit? The law says that the left lane is for passing, not for speeding.

And, kindly do not try to pass on the right because you want to speed. It's not safe for anyone else, regardless of which lane they are in.

KSChick1 6 years ago

+1 "Mr. Freakout passing lane speeder lane-changer" (I can just hear this sung like one of those commercials)

...and way to gain a few extra seconds by speeding...while upping the risk of a crash...

Curtis Lange 6 years ago

If people "doing the speed limit" are in the left lane passing someone, then there is no big deal. Its the people that are not passing anyone that are the issue. You mean to tell me you've never seen a car just bopping along in the left lane with no cars within a quarter mile of them? Ok. That, or the people that make a pass then stay in the left lane failing to yield to the cars behind them? Speeding or not, you must return to the right lane after completing a pass and yield the right of way to faster traffic.

I do agree with your bit about carrying this over to city streets. Its rare to see someone being a douche about that in our area (Lawrence/KC) my near ten years experience here anyways.

btw, congrats on morphing your argument into nut job status with your second addition. Sooo, I guess we're actually the ones laughing at you.

Randall Uhrich 6 years ago

There is absolutely no plus side to increasing the speed limit, unless you want to help the oil companies by increasing fuel consumption. When will the madness stop?

Eddie Muñoz 6 years ago

There is at least one plus side - getting to your destination a little faster.

Just because you see more downsides doesn't mean there are no upsides. :)

dogsandcats 6 years ago

It is more dangerous to drive under the speed limit on I-70 than to drive over it.

What I hate is when there's one car doing 70 in the right lane and then a mile long string of cars stuck in the left lane because the car in front is trying to pass them also going 70.

It seems like there are always more cars in the left lane than the right because the ratio of cars going over 70 to cars going 70 or below is like 35:1

jesse499 6 years ago

But by law your only to be in the left lane when passing not get out there and set there because your going faster.Maybe thats why things get screwed up because everybody thinks they belong in the left lane all the time?

jesse499 6 years ago

I think it will help reduce gas prices more people get killed less cars on the road less need for gas lower prices get it.

obamasocks 6 years ago

The state will receive less income from traffic tickets; if I'm going 80 on one of these new roads, I either won't get a ticket (likely), or my ticket will only be for 5 miles over the speed limit. Not that the state needs the $$ or anything...

jesse499 6 years ago

But they will fix that 5 over will cost $300

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

It will be great for economic development ... hmmmmmmmm

Like at the gas station as fuel consumption picks up dramatically.

Crazy_Larry 6 years ago

It may not bring jobs, but, if you're lucky enough to have one, you can get there faster and pay more tax now.

Crazy_Larry 6 years ago

And no mandatory annual vehicle inspections are required. We don't care if you're jalopy falls apart while traveling at speeds over 70 mph.

Jeremiah Jefferson 6 years ago

I never got a ticket going 75 in a 70 so no I dont think changing the speed limit was needed. Just means people will do 80-85 more now.. Higher demand for fuel, and more fatalities..

Kyle Neuer 6 years ago

Anything that shortens the Denver to KC drive is good with me.

Kontum1972 6 years ago

lets live on the edge....make it 130-150..esp on k-10

Kontum1972 5 years, 11 months ago

hmmmm.....i do not see Km on my text message above

u might need go to Pearl Vision....

jayhawklawrence 6 years ago

For those of us who spend a good deal of our lives on the highways because our jobs require we travel a lot, this is great news.

The larger issue is why there are so many people who either drive too slow or too fast...and why there are so many people who get in a car and think they have a license to bully other drivers by tailgating them even though they may have no way to change lanes.

There are a lot of rude drivers who create safety issues on the highway. This is the larger issue.

Kontum1972 6 years ago

None 2......did u see Km on my text

Commenting has been disabled for this item.