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What speed limit should states set on interstate highways? Will ending federal speed limits lead to more accidents?

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First of all I that the CNN pages are wonderful. It's nice that we have the ability to get news when and where we want it. Regarding the new Speed limits... I think that ALL states should raise the speed limit's as High as possible. It is stupid to expect grown Adults to drive at such a painfully slow speed. Most people ignore the speed limit anyway, and that just means that the drive whatever speed they want. For so long people have ignored speed limits because they are just so oppressive. I grew up being taught by my parents that the speed limit was just unfair and to do whatever you could get away with. In Atlanta people drive however fast they want, and even with recent tougher inforcement of speed laws, the chances of getting caught are so slim with and average of 200,000 cars on the interstates at any given time, that you just might as well drive whatever speed you want. I think if the governments set reasonable speed limits that people would start obeying them.

Our congressmen have finally put their names on something they can take personal responsibility for. If by raising the speed limit, the number of deaths on US highways is reduced, they can each take pride in fact that they saved that number of lives (total lives saved divided by the number of congressmen who supported it). However, if the number of deaths somehow increases, they will each take responsibility for that number of people killed by their actions.

Great! It's about time. I'm all for raising the speed limits but there needs to be a serious nation wide drivers education program.

The Interstate system was designed for vehicles travelling 70 miles per hour. Lower speed limits create a situation where common sense competes with the law. No wonder the United States has more people incarcerated than any nation in the world. We continually pass laws designed to please little old ladies and apply them to the general population.

65 should be the speed limit on most highways. Anything above 65MPH, could result in more serious accidents

We normally drive about 65 to 70 on California freeways. The problem is many drivers are not 'freeway trained". For example, German autobahn drivers are trained and disciplined, trucks enter and leave from the rightmost lanes--no cowboy passing, slower traffic always moves right to give way to faster traffic--result is relatively safe high speed driving.

I think raising speed limits should be coupled to 1) annual safety inspections of vehicles and 2) "freeway certification" on drivers licenses.

I think high-way speeds should be about 100.

If raising the speed limit costs lives, then it follows that lowering the limit would save lives. Lowering the limit to 45 MPH would save lives; lowering it to 25 MPH would save more. Of couse this is out of the question. The bottom line is that any speed limit will result in a certain number of deaths. The 55 limit is arbitrary. The citizens of the many states should be allowed to make decisions like this for themselves. What is right for Rhode Island in not always right for Montana.

Most accidents are caused by inattentiveness. I think speed limits should be set locally and not at the federal level.

These days, when I go onto an Interstate I join the flow of traffic and find that I am driving ten or fifteen miles above the posted speed limit. At these times, I often feel like I have joined a band of outlaw rebels flaunting the law. But really, I look forward to a day when I can drive at a speed I find convenient and safe without guilt and without having to resort to an array of electronic counter measures that would make a SAAB car feel more like a SAAB fighter jet.

The 55mph and 65mph speeds limit are out of date and have their own dangerous properties. It is the difference in speed between two vehicles that is the main source of danger, in my opinion. Most modern vehicles are safe at speeds beyond 65mph, and it seems that many people drive at these higher speeds. Others obey the law and drive at the local speed limit. This tends to widen the observed gap in vehicle speeds.

A higher limit will help reconcile the difference between the law and safe vehicle driving speeds. The average speed will increase, but the variance in speeds will decrease. With more vehicles travelling at similar speeds there will be less scope for surprises and safer highways.

Of course, if everyone travelled together at a lower speed the roads would be safer. But lower speed limits are not an effective means of achieving this illusive goal. Highway deaths have declined over the years, but the facts show that this trend began before the introduction of lower speed limits.

There may also be economic benefits from a higher speed limit. Travel time will be reduced, bringing cities closer together, and allowing people to live further from the places where they work, shop and seek entertainment. This will make available less costly housing, greater employment opportunities, and wider markets for stores and recreational facilities.

The decision to raise speed limits is not an easy one because there are complex costs and benefits to be assessed. But I believe the benefits do outweight the costs even if one does not consider the unquantifiable value of greater freedom.

i think speed limits should be raised to 75-80 mph on highways that are not exces sively travelled. But first, people in the US whould be trained on how to drive properly. For example, the left lane is ALWAYS, ONLY for passing. Slow traffic keep to the right. This simple observation can make traffic flow with greater ea se and driving will be safer.

I used to think that worse thing on the road was a drunk teenager. Now I think that worse thing on the road will be a drunk teenager with no speed limit.


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