Okay, so now we have texting while driving, talking on a cell phone while driving, putting on make-up while driving, drinking while driving, under the influence while driving, etc…so why not RAISE the speed limit to 85 mph???
Are the Texas State Reps out of their minds here???? I think so. I live on a country road and the speed limit used to be 30 mph back a few years ago and even that is too fast most times! The road has no stripe and room for one car at a time, unless one pulls off to the side on the grass to let them through.
This speed limit changed a few years back and was done by some idiot obviously, making country road speeds to coincide with that of the nearest Farm Market road—-(which BTW is NOTHING like a country road), has a stripe to divide the road and two or more lanes, some with paved shoulders. Our closest FM has 60 mph marked on it, which means according to those who created this bogus law, that people can “Legally” drive 60 mph on our county road.
Now how safe is that on a one lane winding, hilly road with no stripes….with pets, children at play and the occasional livestock that escapes from their pastures?
It’s NOT….and the reason we moved to a rural location was to enjoy nature, not sit here and watch our pets and children get splattered by some led foot driver speeding thru here like a scene taken straight from the Dukes of Hazard!
High speeds also have been proven to cause vehicles to use MORE FUEL—-what about that aspect folks? Aren’t we constantly being programed and encouraged to be kinder to our dependency on foreign fossil fuels or was that all just a myth so they could raise the prices and gouge us at the pumps?
Texas Looking At 85 mph Speed Limit
POSTED: 4:50 pm CDT April 7, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House of Representatives has approved a bill authorizing an 85 mph speed limit on some highways in the state. The proposal would give the Texas Department of Transportation power to raise the speed limit on designated lanes or entire stretches of roadway after doing engineering and traffic studies. The 85 mph limit would be the highest in the country. The House on Wednesday tentatively passed the bill on a voice vote. A similar plan is in the Senate. Jerry Johns with the Southwestern Insurance Information Service is critical of the proposals. Upping the speed limit to 85 mph would have a dramatic impact on the death and injury rates of those highways, Johns said.