Those of us who hit puberty in the mid-eighties loved our hair bands. Sammy Hagar (still a favorite) made a substantial impression on designer stubble Don Johnson wannabes and Swatch wearers alike when he first screamed/sang “I can’t drive 55!” in 1984.
The state of Texas must agree as the house has approved a bill that would allow the Department of Transportation to increase the maximum speed on some Texas highways to a leisurely 85 mph, giving Texas the highest speed limit in the nation. As expected, the bill has generated strong opinions on both sides. Proponents feel that an increased speed limit on well-designed flat highways with generous shoulders will provide a safe high-speed roadway similar to those already in place in Europe, providing an enjoyable “express” option for travellers. Opponents cite concerns with both safety and fuel consumption.
We know what Sammy thinks about slow: “One foot on the brake and one on the gas, hey! Well, there’s too much traffic, I can’t pass, no!” We also know what Sammy thinks about fast: “Go on and write me up for 125. Post my face wanted dead or alive.”
We want to know what you think. Is 85 mph an awesome opportunity to experience Autobahn like driving (or as close as we can get to–legally–on US highways) or is it just too fast?