Texoma drivers skeptical of new highway speed limits

Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 7:19 PM CDT
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ARDMORE, Oklahoma (KXII) - The Oklahoma Transportation Commission voted Monday morning to increase the speed limit on I-35, but some drivers are saying it isn’t a good idea.

The decision will raise the speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour on I-35 from the Texas border to Purcell.

Christopher Luster often drives across the Oklahoma-Texas border for his job. He said he thinks increasing speeds will increase wrecks on I-35.

“The highways here are two-lane highways, and they really don’t give you much time to maneuver,” Luster said. “I think it could cause a lot of fatalities.”

Luster said if the speed increase causes accidents, then it would cause people to sit in traffic rather than saving them time.

“Once there’s an accident on a two-lane highway, you’ve pretty much shut it down,” Luster said.

Kenneth Johnston drives to Gene Autry on I-35 nearly every morning. He said changing the speed limit probably won’t affect things.

“The traffic probably flows at that speed anyhow. I’m more concerned with the ones that drive 55 when everybody else is going 75 or 80,” Johnston said.

He said that speed limits won’t help keep drivers safe if the speed of traffic is higher.

“Its already hard for law enforcement to stop people when they’re going 75 or 80,” Johnston said. “If everyone’s doing it, you can’t really do anything about it anyway.”

Luster said the cost of speeding can be too big a price.

“Wherever you’re going, it’s gonna still be there,” Luster said.

Until the new signs are in place, the old posted speed limits will remain the enforced speed.

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