New rule: faster speed

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Staff Editorial

Lead-footed drivers in Texas will soon have a place to legally entertain their need for speed when a new 41-mile stretch of toll road opens between Austin and San Antonio. Approved by the Texas Transportation Commission, it will boast the nation’s highest speed limit of 85 mph.

The development, however, comes with both potential benefit and harm.

Some drivers across the state are looking forward to what the increased speed will mean for traveling near the normally congested area, viewing it as a great way for people who live in a city known for its traffic, like Austin, to be able to reduce their travel time during their day.

Another possible benefit of the road’s fast pace is a potential decrease in speeding violations.

Drivers on the Texas 130 will be allowed to reach the speed limit of 85 mph. It is scheduled to take effect in November. MCT Campus.

Hopefully, fewer people will break the law when they can legally drive fast.

Some people argue that 85 mph is not a safe speed limit, but drivers are still reaching similar speeds regardless of traffic laws. If drivers are going 85 mph legally, they will be less distracted, not being on the lookout for police.

But, this may be continuing a dangerous trend.

As new laws are set, people try to find out just how far they can push the envelope. This is why we are raising the speed limit even higher than ever before. What was once fast, is no longer.

It makes sense to have an 80 mph speed limit on a sparsely populated Interstate 10 out in West Texas, but not an 85 mph limit in the heart of the state.

In Austin, drivers are not modest with their gas pedal, and most will risk speeding by five or so miles per hour. They draw the line at reckless driving, which in Texas is 10 percent or more over the speed limit. Ten percent of 85 is 8.5, meaning drivers will be flirting with a speed of 93 miles per hour.

Thrill seekers will consider Texas 130, Texas Autobahn. Law Enforcement better spare a few cruisers to watch this stretch of highway.

Safety, of course, is the biggest concern in regard to speed.

The faster vehicles move, the greater the chance of fatalities. As much as we all like to test the limits of our car’s engine, the increased speed will probably do more harm than good.

Soon after being declared the fastest highway in the nation, it could potentially be declared the deadliest as well.

The concerns, however, may be overlooked because of the financial benefits of the road.

It seems that by posting the speed limit so high, it is merely an incentive to getmore people out on the toll road.

Fatalities will increase most likely. But the state doesn’t’ seem to care about the speed or fatalities. It’s all about the money.

This just shows us how consumed the society has become with money.

Forget that people will be killed. It means more money for the state.

While there is much debate over whether or not the limit is too high, in the end, the argument may be moot on both sides.

Many car owners already drive at an outrageous speed. Raising it won’t really change anything and definitely won’t have a serious effect on how people drive.

There is already such a high number of car fatalities as it is, and regardless of what’s posted on a speed limit sign, drivers will likely continue driving at whatever speed they feel comfortable.

Author: The Bells Staff

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