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How high should the speed limits go on our nation’s highways?

Posted By Theresa Juva-Brown On January 7, 2013 @ 3:35 pm In AAA | Comments Disabled

[1]Many locals probably consider it a zippy ride when they can drive up to 65 mph on an area highway.

But that’s pretty pedestrian compared to other parts of the country, where super-fast speed limits are on the rise, my colleague at USA TODAY [2]wrote in a Dec. 28 story.

Take Texas Highway 130, home to the highest speed limit in the country. On a new southern stretch between Austin and San Antonio, drivers are allowed to zoom along at 85 mph.

Though drivers like the 85 mph speed limit because it shortens their trips, traffic safety advocates say faster speeds are more dangerous.

“They’ve designed a modern roadway that’s as safe as can be,” Russ Rader, a spokesman with the Insurance Institute, told USA TODAY. “But you can’t get around the law of physics: the faster you go, the more likely it is a crash will happen and the more severe the crash will be.”

Since 1995, when the federal government eliminated the nationwide 55 mph speed limit, more than half the country’s states have set speed limits of 70 mph or higher on some of their roads, according to the report.

One point the story doesn’t get into is fuel efficiency.  The faster you drive, the quicker you burn gas.

Tell us what you think: How fast is too fast? Have you ever driven on a highway with a super-fast limit?

(Journal News file photo of Interstate 84 in Southeast)


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