85 mph Speed Limit – Only in Texas

People routinely drive 85 mph on I-95 in Virginia, but the maximum limit anywhere in Virginia is 70 mph. For much of I-95, the limit is actually just 65 mph.

A new toll road in Texas opened today with a speed limit of 85 mph. Yep. 85! That’s the highest speed limit anywhere in the U.S.

It’s a connector road between San Antonio and Austin, aimed to help alleviate congestion on I-35. As a native Texan, I can tell you that I-35 is a worse mess than I-95. That road’s a nightmare, and I didn’t even drive it around Austin much, where I can only presume it’s awful.

Will the 85 mph limit cause more accidents? I hope not, but only time will tell.

I wonder if the troopers will heavily enforce the law against impeding traffic. If the limit is 85, even a vehicle going 65 could cause a severe danger to other traffic.

Maybe we should try a higher speed limit for the HOT lanes they’re building between Stafford and Northern Virginia. Of course then everyone would just go 100 mph.

Andrew Flusche

My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then, I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.

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