How many deaths are too many?

I just heard on the Today Show this morning that today is the opening of a roadway in Texas between Austin and San Antonio where the speed limit will be set at 85 mph.

Some may say that’s cool but I think it’s insane.

I know the interstate between the two cities is horrendously congested. I’ve been there. But allowing folks to drive 85 + (and you know they will go over the speed limit. How many people observe the 65 mph speed limit on the Thruway?) will cause more horrific accidents and more deaths.

The proponents of this roadway say that folks will just need to be responsible – no talking on cellphones or texting. But Texas doesn’t even have a cellphone or texting ban for the general public. And even if they did, how well would it be enforced? (Look around you as you drive here in New York).

I’ve driven in parts of Nevada where you can drive for miles and not see another car. It’s very easy to drive 85 mph there but I still don’t think it’s a good idea. But the Hill Country area of Texas is densely populated and driving 85 + with lots of other traffic is madness.

I’m sure there are people who disagree. Your thoughts?

Jan

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One response to this post.

  1. To put it in a different perspective, it’s about 80 miles between the two cities so driving 85 mph would save 17 minutes over driving 65 minutes. The increase in risk to the driver and other drivers from such high speeds is is not worth those 17 minutes of saved time in my opinion..

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