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

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
52% 739
No
 
43% 622
I’m not sure
 
3% 54
Total 1415

Comments

Kontum1972 2 years, 10 months ago

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

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 10 months 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.

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Kontum1972 2 years, 10 months ago

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

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blue73harley 2 years, 10 months 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."

Annual vehicle inspections serve no purpose. Show me data where there were any increased accidents when vehicle inspections were eliminated. I remember the Ks. inspections. All they did was generate money for repair shops. If your car was a few years old, you could count on the fact that they would write you up for "loose ball joints" or similar BS. Then there were the shops that would pass you if you slipped them a bottle of whiskey (yes, here in Larryville!)

And, a TV channel in KC just did an article about a dealer who had a car that passed the Mo. safety inspection that was a total piece of crap.

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Kyle Neuer 2 years, 10 months ago

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

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catfishturkeyhunter 2 years, 10 months 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..

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months 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.

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months 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.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

It will be great for economic development ... hmmmmmmmm

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

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jesse499 2 years, 10 months ago

But they will fix that 5 over will cost $300

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autie 2 years, 10 months ago

The faster the speed, the higher the incidence of traffic fatalities. The faster the speed, more fuel consumption. Now where is this a good idea? And all that lane discussion is nothing but a bunch of crapola. Those people are annoying, yes. But the danger comes from the agressive idiots who just have to go faster. A little defensive driving and courtesy would go a long way. How to avoid an accident 101, as taught by any state trooper or qualified instructor....slow down. Pretty simple concept unless you just have to get there two minutes earlier.

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obamasocks 2 years, 10 months 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...

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jesse499 2 years, 10 months 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.

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dogsandcats 2 years, 10 months 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

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CWGOKU 2 years, 10 months ago

With a higher speed limit, I'll be able to get to all those Kansas Football losses faster

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BABBOY 2 years, 10 months ago

I would like to see all troopers and traffic cops moved to the criminal division and that less focus be given on traffic tickets. (NEVER HAPPEN)

I would like to see police officers go after guys that want to steal my car, do harm, or just bad people doing bad things as opposed to harrassing guys like me just because we like fast cars.......

I think the cops are just lazy because giving a ticket is way easier then catching the guy who breaks into houses and steals stuff........

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consumer1 2 years, 10 months ago

I would like to see the speed limit on Mass be uped to 75 mph. Stop light to stop light.

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Randall Uhrich 2 years, 10 months 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?

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thuja 2 years, 10 months ago

There is a law against staying in the left lane, so if you see people breaking the law doing so, call a cop. But if you admit to speeding, you are breaking the law too.

How does this make you right?

That is what my obsevation in the second post addresses.

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Curtis Lange 2 years, 10 months 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) though...in 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.

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thuja 2 years, 10 months ago

Since the opposing traffic doesn't get the green right away at a stoplight, it is OK to run red lights, too. You have like, five seconds.

Those people that enter the intersection on their green light are a danger to those running the red light that just changed.

But this is OK because "everybody does it".

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thuja 2 years, 10 months ago

Yes, but people like you, who admit to speeding all of the time anyway, make it sound like someone in the left lane doing the lawful speed limit are "going slow, in the way, dangerous", etc.

When in reality it is you speeding that is creating the danger. Face it.

Especially when the passing lane mentality is applied to city streets with stoplights.

See you at the next stoplight, Mr. Freakout passing lane speeder lane-changer, must get there before everyone else. I'm laughing at you.

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Curtis Lange 2 years, 10 months 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?

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woodscolt 2 years, 10 months ago

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

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squawkhawk 2 years, 10 months 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.

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thuja 2 years, 10 months ago

Do I smell a faith-based sign-maker mentor program coming from over the next hill to the west?

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overplayedhistory 2 years, 10 months ago

Only If Suv's and trucks are no longer allowed to have airbags. I would like some more even odds.

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iLikelawrence 2 years, 10 months 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.

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pace 2 years, 10 months 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.

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KEITHMILES05 2 years, 10 months ago

Idiotic change and will not benefit at all.

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50YearResident 2 years, 10 months 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.

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cheeseburger 2 years, 10 months ago

75 is great - if those intent on driving 20 mph below the limit and choking the flow of traffic will stay in the right lane where they belong!

"Keep right except to pass' and 'Slow traffic keep right' are more than just suggestions - they are the law!

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Sigmund 2 years, 10 months 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.

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ksjayhawk74 2 years, 10 months 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.

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homechanger 2 years, 10 months ago

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

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Lisa Hallberg 2 years, 10 months 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.

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irvan moore 2 years, 10 months ago

will a higher speed make the drivers texts get there sooner

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