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Speed limit rise viable for much of Arkansas interstate system, study finds

By Noel Oman

This article was published October 19, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Should Arkansas increase the speed limit on its interstate system?

  • No, the speed limit is fine where it is 19% 57 votes
  • No, the speed limit should be lowered 1% 5 votes
  • Yes, an increase would be good 73% 211 votes
  • There shouldn't even be a speed limit 5% 15 votes

288 total votes.



Nearly 60 percent of the Arkansas interstate system can have a posted speed limit of 75 mph, according to a draft of an Arkansas Department of Transportation review of speed limits, mandated by a 2017 state law.

Should Arkansas increase the speed limit on its interstate system?

  • No, the speed limit is fine where it is 19% 57 votes
  • No, the speed limit should be lowered 1% 5 votes
  • Yes, an increase would be good 73% 211 votes
  • There shouldn't even be a speed limit 5% 15 votes

288 total votes.



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Print Headline: Speed limits' rise viable, study finds; 75 floated for state’s rural interstates

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GCW says... October 19, 2017 at 7:21 a.m.

The slowdown from 75 to 70 mph from Texas into Arkansas blows the minds of tailgating, reckless truck drivers. Fiery crashes are becoming commonplace.

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Jfish says... October 19, 2017 at 7:51 a.m.

Raising the speed limit will only result in more accidents because the people driving and texting will have less reaction time. Enforcing the 75mph limit between LR and Memphis would slow traffic dramatically since everyone now drives around 85mph.

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Popsmith says... October 19, 2017 at 7:54 a.m.

Typical speeds now are 80+ MPH. If you raise the "limit" to 75, the maniacs will be running 85+. It should make for more interesting wrecks.
Will insurance rates go up too?

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hah406 says... October 19, 2017 at 8:04 a.m.

I have a better idea than changing speed limits. How about enforcing slower traffic must keep to the right, and confining semi-trucks to the right hand lane. No more having two big rigs running side by side at 50 mph up hill.

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JGP says... October 19, 2017 at 8:13 a.m.

If people used the freeways properly, it shouldn’t bother anyone if someone passes you at 90. The left lane, except for in city, during rush hour, is for passing only. If you are in the left lane and someone is coming up on you, you are obligated to move to the right and yield to faster moving traffic regardless of whether you are below, at or above the speed limit. Going the speed limit does not entitle you to ride in the fast lane blocking traffic. I rarely go more than 7 miles above the speed limit anywhere. However, what I see is some idiot who thinks they are entitled to the left lane causing faster moving traffic to have to pull a dangerous move to get around them. That and truckers who no longer have the courtesy (or in some cases the ability based on speed governors) to pass each other in times shorter than the life of your average groundhog causing problems.

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Ragmop says... October 19, 2017 at 8:36 a.m.

My study shows that if you drive 70 MPH on the interstate, more cars will pass you than cars you pass not counting transport vehicles. There is no charge for that study.

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LR1955 says... October 19, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.

Thumbs up Hah406.
It was also better when 18 wheel rigs were limited to 5mph below the posted speed limits.

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jeeper360 says... October 19, 2017 at 11:04 a.m.

People tend to drive in the smoother lane. Keep the right lane smoother than the left and more people will stay right.

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hurricane46 says... October 19, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

That's right, raise the speed limit so the knuckleheads that drive 85 now will drive 95, and cause yet more accidents.

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HarleyOwner says... October 19, 2017 at 12:01 p.m.

I know a young lady that consistently drives 80 miles @ hour. I figure if they raise the speed limit to 75, she will then drive 85 or 90.

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