When the new toll highway linking Austin and San Antonio opens in November, it will have a posted speed limit of 85-mph, making it the highest in the US.
I wish New Jersey's highways had a speed limit that high. Many drivers travel that fast anyway. Not me of course.
The maximum velocity for the 41-mile stretch of Texas 130 from Austin’s suburb of Mustang Ridge and Interstate 10 near Seguin was defined by the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) just before the Labor Day holiday.
Naturally some people will oppose this higher speed limit, linking higher speeds with increased traffic fatalities. However, traffic fatalities have been decreasing as speed limits went up around the country, since the federal government bowed out of setting speed limits in 1995. Some 38 states now have speed limits averaging 70-mph on interstate highways.
The reason there is no speed limit on the Autobahn is the Germans believe it is safer that way, and it may be.
According to the National Motoring Association, “those driving 10 mph slower than the prevailing speed are more likely to be involved in an accident.” This is in line with driver’s education manuals that state the safest speed is the ambient speed of the traffic around you.
People have a need for speed on the nation's highways, and if raising the speed limit is going to increase safety, then more places should consider it.