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Texas road may have an 85 mph speed limit

On one stretch of road in Texas, you may soon be able to drive 85 mph without getting a speeding ticket. That's because the Texas Legislature passed a law last year allowing speed limits of up to 85 mph on newly built roads if driving at that speed would be safe.

Now, the Department of Transportation is studying conditions on a new stretch of Texas State Highway 130 to see what the speed limit there should be.

Highway 130 is being built to relieve congestion on Interstate 35, which is the fourth most congested road in the state. Most of Highway 130 is already completed and has a posted speed limit of 80 mph. The one section currently being considered for an even higher speed limit is scheduled to open later this year.

A speed limit of 85 mph would be record-breaking. In fact, it would be the highest speed limit in the Western Hemisphere and the second-highest in the whole world, being beaten, only by a hair, by the 86 mph (140 kilometers per hour) limit on some roads in Poland. That doesn't count the Autobahn system in Germany, though, which has no speed limit at all for cars.

Critics of the 85 mph speed limit say that it would lead to more fatal accidents. Proponents, however, say that the safest driving conditions are those where everyone is driving at the same speed and that many drivers would be going 85 mph on that stretch of road no matter what the posted speed limit was.

What are your thoughts on an 85 mile-per-hour speed limit?

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This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


Reuters, "Texas studies 85 mph speed limit, fastest in U.S.," Jim Forsyth, June 8, 2012

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