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JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 15, 2:27 p.m.
Thank you, mpheels!! :-)
It’s illegal to drive ABOVE the posted limit in the left lane.
It’s illegal to drive below the posted limit in the left lane.
It’s perfectly legal to go the limit in the left lane.**
**This may enrage a law-breaking driver behind you, who thinks he has some sort of special right to break the law and also force you to change your (legal) driving habits. He’s the type to call the police to arrest someone for stealing his illegal drugs. It’s textbook hypocrisy and trying to reason with this type of person is difficult.
oleguy Feb 13, 5:13 p.m.
Saw the signs going up yesterday,, 70 MPH
Capt Mercury Feb 12, 1:09 p.m.
Now can somebody do something about the ridiculous 55 mph speed limit on the western end of the Durham Freeway?
If anyone did actually travel 55 mph, they would cause an accident. The limit must be there to make unsuspecting motorists fund the local government (and insurance companies).
flyguync Feb 11, 4:40 p.m.
Wait, I thought the speed limit on 540 was already about 80 ;)
mpheels Feb 11, 4:22 p.m.
It is against the law to drive below the posted limit in the left lane. It is also against the law to drive ABOVE the posted limit in the left lane. It is perfectly legal to go the limit in the left lane, though it probably isn't a good idea in traffic or if there is a faster car approaching. As a general rule for myself, I stay in the right lane (or center if there are a lot of people entering/exiting), and only use the left lane to pass a slower vehicle. If I see a vehicle approaching quickly in the left lane and I know I won't complete my passing maneuver before they get there, I just wait and let them pass first.
marciamal1 Feb 11, 12:52 p.m.
i hope everyone obeys the law when the speed limit reads 70 mph - i've run into a few nuts on the road that think it's a speedway -
markjb33 Feb 11, 12:22 p.m.
Speed limit in that section? Hmmm, I get on at Capital and there is no way to do 65, let alone 70. And as often is the case, it slows down for no apparent reason. I know it is volume, but does it really have to slow to "stop and go" as was the case this morning? Doubtful
Rebelyell55 Feb 11, 9:27 a.m.
Just realized that there been no reports on stopping the use of cell phone while driving yet. I guess that's one that's gone for awhile.
Rebelyell55 Feb 11, 9:24 a.m.
Maybe it's me, but I sure have come up on cars going "slow" in the left lane, people passing on the right lane, and once you're up beside the slower car, yep you guessed it, a cell phone stuck to their ear.
IPayYouPay Feb 11, 9:17 a.m.
Why stop at 70. I was on 540 yesterday 2/10/13 going 70 and people were flying by me - had to be going 90. Too dangerous for me. I won't use it. Oh, btw, how's that toll road going for ya!
Gnathostomata Feb 8, 6:48 p.m.
...then I hope they inforce the speed limit, the no texting while driving, and make a lot of money off of the citations.'
Dazd N Confused Feb 8, 6:45 p.m.
Just in case anyone would like to see the law for North Carolina highways, here's the site:
For those that do not believe that it is actually against the law to drive below the speed limit in the left lane.
tomcat27557 Feb 8, 6:35 p.m.
the faster you go the more gas you burn....looks like the state want more gas sold for more tax money!
people will be driving 90 now. you know the speed limit is always 15 to 20 over the limit. obamacare will patch you up if you survive all the wrecks this will cause. get you a new glass eye and patch to cover it! like capt Ron!
Nancy Feb 8, 6:22 p.m.
If I'm not mistaken, the 'slower traffic keep right' is an individual state designation. north carolina doesn't require traffic to keep right UNLESS they are going below the posted speed limit.
think01 Feb 8, 5:39 p.m.
"I think that is meant to read as the "normal speed of traffic" being the current speed limit"
No, it means what it says, not what you interpret it to mean. If they meant people driving at less than the posted speed limit, they would have said people driving at less than the posted speed limit.
"as a taxpayer people have the right to drive either lane if driving the designated speed limit"
And there it is, folks. People have the right to be as myopic and selfish as they want to be (especially if they pay taxes). No amount of reasoning will ever get through to the self righteous, and it only takes one driver with this attitude to affect an entire highway of drivers.
Caveman93 Feb 8, 5:15 p.m.
70...the new 85.
judge45410 Feb 8, 5:15 p.m.
"A person, driving at less than the normal speed of traffic, shall drive in the right-hand lane then available for thru traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the highway. '20-146(b)"-Dazed n Confused
I think that is meant to read as the "normal speed of traffic" being the current speed limit posted on said road/highway. If the speed LIMIT is 70 in the right hand lane, then it also is 70 in the left hand lane. There is no such "fast lane" and as a taxpayer people have the right to drive either lane if driving the designated speed limit. Now follow so close that your headlamps can't be seen in a rear view and someone may just accidently get front end damage. Never know when a stray animal will cross the road and I don't hit animals.
NC_interest Feb 8, 5:14 p.m.
that five minutes will matter.
on a 12 hour trip averaging 60 mph with stops. you can go 720 mph. If you can push your average speed to 65 mph, you can finish that trip in just a tad over 11 hours.
70 mph will matter over the long haul, and 540 can support those speeds in average weather over most hours of the day.
The only times it can't support those speeds is during rush hour on select portions of the road, or during inclement whether.
I would argue 75 mph could be a very valid speed limit on the expressway protion of 540 based on it's traffic and lane layout.
Pseudonym Feb 8, 5:13 p.m.
Quote from ProzacDispenser: "always love it when i see the highway patrol at the triangle expressway radaring....have they figured out no one uses that road."
That's why they do it there. When there's 1 car on a stretch of road and your radar indicates 77, you know who's going 77.
However, in a group of 30 cars, it's hard for them to tell which car is going what speed. Which is why they tell you to avoid "wolfpacks". Makes their revenue collection easier.
Rebelyell Feb 8, 5:11 p.m.
USA has the most dangerous highways in the world. Why? Because you guys don't tighten up on bad drivers. Lane jumpers, no signals, stuff falling out of the trucks, but All you care about is speed and drinking. Let someone move here from the third world, give them a license and set them free. So what if they kill people. They deserve a license. Because?
clscott Feb 8, 5:09 p.m.
I agree that one of the best things that could be done to make all our highways safer and more efficient is to enforce lane discipline, i.e. no cruising in the left lane at the same speed as center-lane traffic. It's for PASSING. Lane discipline is rigorously enforced in places like Germany and Italy, which makes their higher limits possible. That and actual driver training.
clscott Feb 8, 5:08 p.m.
Actually, studies have shown that people tend to drive at a speed that "feels" proper. A study done in the '90s on a section of the New York State Thruway that had 2 lanes in each direction found this "correct" speed to average 69 mph. A wider, straighter road means this subconsciously correct speed increases. This is regardless of the posted limit. So increasing the speed limit by 5 mph does not necessarily mean that actual traffic speeds will increase by the same amount. I drive 540 5 days/week from the 264 Bypass to Glenwood and back, and I find the average middle-of-the road speed to be right around 70, with 75 being a normal left-lane speed. Sure there's the occasional 80+ driver, especially as traffic drops off east of US 1.
LuvLivingInCary Feb 8, 4:57 p.m.
always love it when i see the highway patrol at the triangle expressway radaring....have they figured out no one uses that road.
Obamacare rises Feb 8, 4:54 p.m.
Won't be long until I-540 becomes North America's version of the Autobahn.
silkesmom Feb 8, 4:47 p.m.
photoz Feb 8, 4:43 p.m.
How about making the toll road faster, we are paying to get home quicker!
JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 8, 4:37 p.m.
SUVs should be regulated to 10-15 MPH slower than cars. They are unsafe over 45 MPH.
One little accident-avoidance maneuver and they roll, roll, roll. The same thing that many people like, "big and tall", makes them inherently unsafe.
It doesn't help that SUV drivers so often get a might-is-right complex behind the wheel.
nascar33 Feb 8, 3:41 p.m.
No one else asked the question, will the SHP now drive 110mph instead of their usual 100mph?
atp0513 Feb 8, 3:27 p.m.
"How about a sign that says use entire on ramp merge lane or something like that. 70/540 merge is rediculous!!!!! Does no one realize they have huge merge lane to take advantage of???? That's the reason 540 is backed up EVERYDAY at 5PM. Increasing the speed limit won't do jack to fix that." 6strings
AGREED! they give you 2 lanes to merge yet people ride the lane until the very end.. most of the time it's the people too busy talking on their cell phones
pappybigtuna1 Feb 8, 3:21 p.m.
most are doing 80+ on this stretch, does that mean they will 5 additional mph
The minimum speed is usually 20 mph less than the posted maximum speed
Guess if you come up on someone doing 62 in a now 70, and your doing the speed you like, maybe 80, when you cream him and kill both of you, you were in the right? Cool
ChgoGrl Feb 8, 3:18 p.m.
Isn't Tony Tater head of DOT now? Looks like he's starting off on a bad foot to me!
ChgoGrl Feb 8, 3:16 p.m.
Yes, people already go 70-80 mph and this will only give them permission to go Faster! I travel 540 daily and have near misses weekly because the driving has become so bad. I'm taking out more life insurance because after the one I had yesterday it's clear this is only going to speed up my demise!
think01 Feb 8, 3:14 p.m.
I think there's too much confusion surrounding the left lane, especially when it is being discussed as the "fast" lane with too many "slow" drivers. It's much simpler to think of the left lane as the "passing lane". It doesn't matter if you're going 20mph or 100mph, if you're not passing anyone, you shouldn't be in the left lane. At least that would alleviate the "I'm going the maximum posted speed limit, so I should be able to drive in the fast lane" attitude.
Mustang Feb 8, 3:07 p.m.
Next they need to paint the lane markers. They are difficult to see at night and impossible to see in a rainstorm.
Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Feb 8, 3:04 p.m.
smcallah said........."You have no idea what is in my driveway." LMAO! That's good! I like your humor!!
busyb97 Feb 8, 2:33 p.m.
"That 5 miles per hour will matter. "
What a joke. I've traveled long distance...that little bit does NOT matter. Besides, everyone is already going 70-75 anyway.
Personally, I'd rather ARRIVE ALIVE than drive a bit faster or surrounded by others driving that much faster. The extra 2 minutes I save in my drive time is so not worth it.
And if you drive long distances, use a GPS...you'll see that it does not save you more than a couple minutes at best!
Raleigh Rocks 1 Feb 8, 2:26 p.m.
Folks going 70 now anyway....Please Slower traffic keep right!!!!!
jcthai Feb 8, 2:26 p.m.
And while I'm on my soapbox, they need to have the highway patrol out there during rush hour to nail those guys doing 62 in the center lane. It's against the law, so why not have some fun and give them tickets?
pooodaddy Feb 8, 2:18 p.m.
On occasion I take 540 home instead of 40/440 and I've noticed that the left lane slow drivers are far more plentiful. And I thought 440 was bad.
rk1115 Feb 8, 2:10 p.m.
It's about time, now I can do 80mph and not have to worry about getting pulled over.
Disembark Feb 8, 1:37 p.m.
I just went to Texas. Shocked at how fast the speeds were in the cities and downtown, around all those big overpasses and ramps....60 - 70 mph! At least 540 is open space!
smcallah Feb 8, 1:27 p.m.
"So, please drive like you're just trying to get somewhere ... there's no trophy waiting for you in your driveway if you set a new record."
You have no idea what is in my driveway.
nc1state Feb 8, 1:26 p.m.
6strings you are sooo right. For whatever reason people think they have to immediatley merge to the "fast" lane as soon as they see asphalt.
V-Vet 72-75 Feb 8, 1:21 p.m.
007Knightrider: Yes they still hand out there.
kikinc Feb 8, 1:19 p.m.
I try stay in the right lane since I drive around 5 over the limit (trying to avoid any more tickets!). If I come up on someone going slower than me, I pass them. I can't tell you how many times I've been in the right lane and I have someone speed up on me and ride my bumper. Where am I supposed to go? The logic of some people just makes me laugh.
Barely Feb 8, 1:15 p.m.
I can't drive... sixty five.
6strings Feb 8, 1:13 p.m.
How about a sign that says use entire on ramp merge lane or something like that. 70/540 merge is rediculous!!!!! Does no one realize they have huge merge lane to take advantage of???? That's the reason 540 is backed up EVERYDAY at 5PM. Increasing the speed limit won't do jack to fix that.
NC_interest Feb 8, 1:12 p.m.
People on this board forget that 540 is used by folks making long trips elsehwere. That 5 miles per hour will matter.
The biggest issue most see on 540 is during rush hour. A new lane is needed from 70 to Creeedmore in both directions.
That....or strickland/westgate should be widened to a 4 lane highway on that route to give folks a viable alternative
nc1state Feb 8, 1:11 p.m.
This is so irrelevant to this portion of 540. When traffic is clear folks drive 75+. When it is bumper to bumper at 8-9AM it is stopped. I wouldn't have wasted the money on the study or the signage. Total waste of resources.
think01 Feb 8, 1:11 p.m.
"Then you AREN'T paying attention!" -- Yes, I am paying very close attention. I just have a different perspective than you do.
Honestly, there are two types of drivers. Those who think everyone is going too fast and those who think everyone is going too slow. I find most drivers to be painfully slow to do just about anything.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03