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Texas highways could get new speed limit

Texas highways could get new speed limit

POSTED: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 5:44pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 15, 2011 - 10:09am

state lawmakers considering raising speed limit to 85 mph

State lawmakers are pushing for the speed limit in parts of west rural Texas to be changed from 80 miles per hour to 85 miles per hour. But researchers say speeding, increases fuel consumption and could end up costing tax payers more in the long run. However State Representative Leo Berman, R-District 6, says it's a great idea and those who drive a lot on those roads know how to save on gasoline or deisel.


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I think they ought to raise the speed limit. That way when the drunks are driving 85 MPH or people are texting, putting on make-up, etc and they hit me I will not suffer I will die instantly instead of a slow death had they been going 55 mph.

Who are these "researchers" quoted in this story with such analytical findings? I hope we didn't give them our tax dollars to state the obvious. Moreover, how is this going to cost taxpayers? Unless it's a government employee, I can't see it costing the taxpayer anything. Lets have Leo draft into the law that government employees are not allowed to drive over 55 in government vehicles while the rest of us get the speed increase. Fuel prices are not due to shortages, ask Ben Bernanke.

No way that's safe. :/

If they do increase this speed, since its 80 now and 70 most everywhere else, they need to up the others to 80.

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