Texas Increases Speed Limit on I-30 to 85 MPH – Is This Speed Safe?

Posted on Oct 30 , 2012
I was surprised to read a news story today that Texas increases speed limit to 85 mph on a stretch of highway on I-30, just outside of Austin. Is this speed really safe or are we just asking for more accidents? It is said that it takes the length of a football field to stop a semi-truck going 85 miles per hour.  If that's the case and there is an emergency situation where you have to come to a sudden stop, what are the chances that the big truck behind you won't hit you?  Scary thought.  Even scarier to think about is, what are the chances of surviving an accident with a truck going 85 mph?  Some say it is zero. Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that when speed limits were raised by many states in 1996, travel speeds increased and motor vehicle fatalities went up significantly on Interstate highways in those states. Can you imagine a big truck going 85 mph and getting into a wreck? Texas defends its position. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, "highway I-30 was built for speed and several engineers have put their professional certifications on the line saying that this is the safe and right speed for this particular highway". I"m not sure I agree. In addition to Texas, the states of Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia have also increased speed limits to as high as 85. I"m just glad that Louisiana hasn"t adopted those speeds.

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