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Fastest Speed Limit in US Coming to Texas
Feel free to drive 85mph...
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 7, 2012 8:08 AM CDT
Texas is getting one of the fastest highways in the world.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Speed demons, rejoice: A new stretch of Texas highway will have the nation's highest speed limit when it opens in November: 85mph. The record limit on the 41-mile stretch of Texas 130 follows a decision by the state legislature last year allowing 85mph limits on new roads, the Los Angeles Times reports, noting that drivers will now be able to move at the speed of Category 1 hurricane winds.

Some are voicing concern over the fact that drivers will likely take the liberty of driving as fast as 95mph. "The reality is you just don't survive a crash at that speed," says the director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. But the Texas Transportation Department says it's comfortable with the speed. "We would not open it and post it at that if we didn't feel confident," says a rep. But the San Antonio Express-News notes that TxDOT will get a larger chunk of the revenue from the public-private toll road due to the heightened limit. (Another country has Texas' limit beat by just 1mph...)

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right2dave
Dec 5, 2012 7:14 AM CST
Just like the death penalty.
$28919642
Sep 13, 2012 9:37 AM CDT
"Avoiding flaming, screeching, metal-rending DEATH." Just another reason not to go to Texas. These people wanna secede? Let em. Good riddance.
Tology
Sep 8, 2012 4:06 PM CDT
Must be part of the Texas health care reform, car accidents with no survivors means no hospital bills.