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#1 Apr 11 2014 at 2:06 PM Rating: Good
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Some time in January, many of Illinois' highways increased to 70 mph, from 65.

Cut almost 40 minutes from my last trip. Still a few stretches on I 57 I saw that were 65, but not very many.
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Slow down! Gonna get someone killed ya reckless hooligan!

Kids these days.

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Some time in January, many of Illinois' highways increased to 70 mph, from 65.

Cut almost 40 minutes from my last trip. Still a few stretches on I 57 I saw that were 65, but not very many.

Were you the one guy who was actually going 65 in the 65 zones?
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Obviously not. But going 80 in a 70 is a lot less likely to get a ticket than 80 in a 65.
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I tend to follow the 10mph rule when distance driving, traffic conditions permitting, of course. It's about as much over the speed limit you can be that wont usually make you stand out from the other cars and can drop down to close to the posted speed relatively quickly without actually hitting the breaks if you spot a police car.

Around here the highways are all 65mph, and once "outside town" (whatever the **** that really means) the interstates go up to 75mph. Works well enough IMO.
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Lots of truck traffic on 57. Ended up having to go 85 in the left lane most of the time, cause I didn't feel like driving behind or along side these trucks.

And 57 seemed to have a ton of cop traffic. I traveled it the week before Thanksgiving and there must have been a cop every 10 miles. Probably prepping to hit speeders during the big travel time. Then the speed limit was 65, so I stuck to around 73 or so the whole time. I wasn't too familiar with the cop situation in Illinois, or how they treated out of state people, so I figured under 10 over was safe. In west Michigan, the cops don't seem to care at all on the freeways. 70 speed limit, but 80-85 doesn't seem to make them blink.

Also, the company doesn't appreciate it when you get speeding tickets while on trips.
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#8 Apr 11 2014 at 5:26 PM Rating: Excellent
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But they have great hot dogs and some really decent mexican food in and around the Chicago area.
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What about the 350 or so miles of flat emptiness?
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TirithRR wrote:
Obviously not. But going 80 in a 70 is a lot less likely to get a ticket than 80 in a 65.


Unless you're in NJ. Smiley: lol

I'm going 80-85 my entire 70 mile commute. There's always someone going quite a bit faster that the cops are more interested in.
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What about the 350 or so miles of flat emptiness?

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idiggory the Fussy wrote:
TirithRR wrote:
Obviously not. But going 80 in a 70 is a lot less likely to get a ticket than 80 in a 65.


Unless you're in NJ. Smiley: lol

I'm going 80-85 my entire 70 mile commute. There's always someone going quite a bit faster that the cops are more interested in.
70mi each way?
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idiggory the Fussy wrote:
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Obviously not. But going 80 in a 70 is a lot less likely to get a ticket than 80 in a 65.


Unless you're in NJ. Smiley: lol

I'm going 80-85 my entire 70 mile commute. There's always someone going quite a bit faster that the cops are more interested in.
70mi each way?


Yup.

Edited, Apr 12th 2014 12:16pm by idiggory
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idiggory the Fussy wrote:
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idiggory the Fussy wrote:
TirithRR wrote:
Obviously not. But going 80 in a 70 is a lot less likely to get a ticket than 80 in a 65.


Unless you're in NJ. Smiley: lol

I'm going 80-85 my entire 70 mile commute. There's always someone going quite a bit faster that the cops are more interested in.
70mi each way?


Yup.

Edited, Apr 12th 2014 12:16pm by idiggory


I used to travel 51 miles each way at one point when i had to go to Allentown from the willow grove area(outside of philly) It was all highway which was nice most the time....
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I tend to follow the 10mph rule when distance driving

I've heard from too many cop friends "eight's great, nine you're mine" to travel at anything more than 7-8 mph over.

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idiggory the Fussy wrote:
TirithRR wrote:
Obviously not. But going 80 in a 70 is a lot less likely to get a ticket than 80 in a 65.
Unless you're in NJ. Smiley: lol

I'm going 80-85 my entire 70 mile commute. There's always someone going quite a bit faster that the cops are more interested in.
70mi each way?
Yup.

Edited, Apr 12th 2014 12:16pm by idiggory
I used to travel 51 miles each way at one point when i had to go to Allentown from the willow grove area(outside of philly) It was all highway which was nice most the time....

The nice thing is that it all evens out, because there's a guy commuting in the opposite direction every day, from Rutgers to digg's hometown.

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No one ever drives to my hometown if they can help it. Smiley: lol

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I hate driving through Allentown. I don't even know why.

I'm right near LBI, though, on the parkway. So plenty of people drive THROUGH my town willingly. And make it difficult to get anywhere.

(Took me 2.5 hours to get home yesterday).

Edited, Apr 12th 2014 1:51pm by idiggory
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I'll just drive close to the speed limit and save the money. Getting to my destination 15 minutes later isn't a problem if it saves me a couple of gallons of gas.
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The problem with my commute is that, with traffic patterns, 15 minutes can turn into 45. And I already typically leave early enough to get there half an hour early. So I'd be leaving at like 6:00 to get there at 8 and, we'll, I'm not about that.
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#20 Apr 12 2014 at 5:19 PM Rating: Good
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But they have great hot dogs and some really decent mexican food in and around the Chicago area.


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^ This pretty much shows the actual border most people down south see Chicago as. IL has to be the only Demo ran Rep state in the nation, all thanks to Chicago.
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IL has to be the only Demo ran Rep state in the nation, all thanks to Chicago.


Michigan and Detroit are similar.

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Western border should be in closer (certainly not including DeKalb and Rockford but then it'd cut off the Naperville and Aurora names. South border is I-80 though so that's pretty on the money.
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There's New York City, then a void of nothingness, then Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

Which is a nice way of saying more void.

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Vermont is home to The Alchemist and Hill Farmstead, that's worth a lot. Also Chicago area should include Munster since you don't want to distance yourself from Three Floyds.
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gbaji wrote:
I tend to follow the 10mph rule when distance driving

I've heard from too many cop friends "eight's great, nine you're mine" to travel at anything more than 7-8 mph over.


Which is why you keep your eyes open and if/when you spot a cop, you just let off the gas. By the time the cop focuses enough on you to check your speed, you should have slowed down a few mph, without touching the break. Obviously, this requires a bit of awareness, but you can usually tell when a cop is around because everyone else starts slowing down. Pretty much just don't be the one car zipping past all the others, and your odds of getting a speeding ticket on the highway is close to zero.
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