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Old 12-30-2013, 03:09 PM   #29
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Not really a towing reg, but in WA state drivers must not be holding cell phones while on the road - hands free mobile devices only. Officers have easy pickings near high schools
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I thought the 55 speed limit was just fine, sorry that rule changed. What is the big rush? I enjoy driving off Interstates where the limit is usually 55 or less but I run about 63-64 on an Interstate in 65mph zones just so I am not holding up traffic too much.

Slower speed saves lives. But this might only be if all vehicles are travelling at the same speed. Different speed rules on the same road is IMHO is not for safety. But then again. who would have thier RV running at Texas Interstate speed limits?

I think we all should slow down and live longer, and this relates to more than highway driving. I lived in the fast lane for years before I had heart problems.
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The laws that your state has are the only ones you need to worry about as all the other states go along with what ever your state requires.
Not true: Michigan, allows Right turn on Red (Left too in some cases) and in fact REQUIRES it.. As someone already posted, at least one state does not allow this at all.

Likewise Michigan allows a true U turn (But not a Y turn), unless otherwise prohibited. if you don't know the difference... Better not try it.

Not all states do this either.

But if I'm licensed to drive my ____ in Michigan,, then I'm licensed to drive it in 50 other states and a few possessions (Washington DC is the 51st state in case people think I can not count, it is independent of the state it is within)

If you want weird laws.. Playboy does a feature from time to time, Some of the strange laws are .. Strange.. Also there is an APP for android phones, but not all of them are traffic in either case (Playboy for example has a different focus).

Just remember one thing: There is a second set of laws which is uniform all over the world,,, And the penalty for violation can be DEATH or worse.. Those are the laws of Physics.
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If you think US laws are strange, try the UK ones. There used to be a UK rule that permitted males to urinate on the left rear wheel of a vehicle without being subject to a penalty for indecent exposure. I dated back to Queen Victoria's time when the postillion on the left rear corner of her ceremonial coach forgot to go the the bathroom before the start of a very long parade. He held it in until he suffered a burst bladder and died of peritonitis.

The Queen made the law specifically in his honor!
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:24 AM   #33
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This is true across the whole country. It is the same as turning right at a stop light unless there is a sign prohibiting it. I guess driver's ed don't teach these rules as it is infuriating sitting behind drivers who don't know this rule.
Nope.

Don't assume that ANY traffic law or regulation is true "across the whole country," because these are state and local, not Federal, laws.

In particular, "right on red" and its one-way left equivalent definitely are NOT uniform nationwide.
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Here in Texas there are no dual speed limits and no night and day speed limits. Same speed limit for everyone all the time.

This is quite untrue. There are many roads with separate day/night limits posted as well as lower speeds posted for trucks.

SH249 north side of Houston has these posted that I pass every day.
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Not sure if it's still the law, but 20-30 years ago if you did a U-turn in Tulsa, OK you would get a ticket. It wasn't posted everyplace, just a general rule that could get an out-of-towner a ticket. Come to think of it, I've never lived in OK, but have gotten most of my traffic tickets there. Not a good place to grow lax in your driving habits.
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Not really a towing reg, but in WA state drivers must not be holding cell phones while on the road - hands free mobile devices only. Officers have easy pickings near high schools
One thing is that in WA if you wear hearing aids (I do) you CAN legally use a cell phone held to your ear while driving. I don't do it though but I do carry a copy of the law with me just in case a LEO doesn't know of the exception.
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Yes, and it's incredibly archaic. Only state in the nation with such a low limit as far as I'm aware.
Oregon too.
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That's all well and good and I don't doubt what you're saying. But until they change the sign that says" 55 MPH While Towing", I'll go by that. The last time I looked at one of those, it didn't say anything about any vehicle or combination of vehicles being exempt. All I need is to be stopped by a Trooper that isn't aware of what you said. I'd rather spend my money on Southern Comfort.
Most people don't know it but if you're towing anything in WA you must follow the truck speed limits as well as the limits on towing in the third (fast) lane. There's supposed to be a compact between the DOT and State Patrol that the high speed lane prohibition is only where signed by the DOT but I've seen posts saying the WSP is enforcing it on all stretches of 6 lane freeway.
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