Full disclosure- I like driving fast.

I don't speed.  If I'm on Highway 83 (which I have been A LOT lately), I'll have the cruise set on 72 MPH and you can be darn sure in Washburn my cruise is set at 46 and I get out and walk alongside the car.  Would I like to be going faster? Yes, yes I would. But I'm of the frame of mind that getting pulled over for speeding isn't going to find me getting where I want to go any sooner.  But I do love driving in the Twin Cities because we're all going 90 and you can't catch us all!  Seriously, you have an eighth of a mile to  get four lanes over so you flip on your turn signal and drift. It's a rush as long as everyone is paying attention.

Sadly, many North Dakotans don't practice the "we are all in this together" mentality of driving.  That's not a slam, it's a fact. We must be the worst state in the union for merging.  Just because you've been in a lane for the last ten miles doesn't mean it's YOUR lane...alas, that's a story for another day.

So once again, the North Dakota Legislature is bouncing around the idea of raising the speed limit on portions of both I-94 and I-29.  The proposal looks like this..

Grand Forks Republican Rep. Jake Blum’s bill would raise the speed limits on I-94 and I-29 from 75 to 80 mph and on divided highways, like US 2, US 83 and US Hwy. 85 from 70-75 mph.

It's not a radical thought, but it is a similar thought that was shot down by the ND Legislature last session.  I'll just say that two years ago I found myself going down the back highways of Nebraska and South Dakota and it seemed to take forever to get anywhere- that is until I hit South Dakota interstates posted at 80 MPH. My only problem was that I went so fast that my exit came too soon and back to 70 MPH.

I'm completely on the fence with automated vehicles.  I would never be able to be in one without FREAKING OUT CONSTANTLY!!  But, I do have to say that if there ever was a location to test driver-less vehicles it would be on I-94 between Bismarck and Fargo. There's barely even a bend in the road.

So what say you? Should we set our cruise a little higher without getting crazy? Or would people just start going 90 in an 80 MPH zone?  I would bet the vigilance and fines would be a bit higher in a faster world.


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