2nd-Fastest Speed Limit in World Coming to Texas?
It's safest when everyone's speeding the same: official
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2012 12:03 AM CDT
Updated Jun 8, 2012 4:30 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A stretch of highway through Texas could soon have the highest officially posted speed limit in the Western hemisphere. State officials are considering an 85mph limit along a portion of new Highway 130 running between San Antonio and Austin. Critics say the speed boost will cost lives, but the state speed management director says the safest roads are ones where all motorists travel the same speed—and studies on the new stretch find most drivers zooming along at 85mph. "The more people we can get to travel a uniform speed, the safer the conditions," he noted.

Texas and Utah are currently the only states with posted speed limits of 80mph on existing roads. If the change goes through, Texas would have second highest posted speed in the world. A few roads in Poland allow 86mph. Some Western states and Germany have roadways with no posted speed limits, notes Reuters.

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backpath2
Sep 8, 2012 5:09 AM CDT
Maine just raised its speed limit on I-95 from Orono to Houlton. 55 just made no sense, given the light traffic. Of course, if you hit a moose, you're in real trouble, but that can happen almost anywhere in the state, at any speed.
LenettW3
Jun 9, 2012 4:20 PM CDT
The way I see it will open up jobs, Corner, Mortishions, Cascet maker's Headstone makers, the list goes on . Drive 85 & loose your life, oh by the way the guy lying next to you was the guy you ran into. Nice Morge but a bit chilly.
radicalron
Jun 9, 2012 8:56 AM CDT
The real problem on freeways are the "Middle Lane Morons!"