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Some Texas commuters are anxiously awaiting the day they can drive on the fastest road in America, Texas 130 tollway, on November 11. The 41 mile stretch of road between San Antonio and Austin is currently under construction right now, but news about the Texas Transportation Commission’s approval of the 85 mph speedlimit has already been met with large support and criticism from commuters.”The research is clear that when speed limits go up, fatalities go up,” Russ Rader, a spokesman for the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety told the reporters. Most highways in the U.S. top out at 75 mph.
A 2009 report in the American Journal of Public Health studied traffic fatalities in the U.S. from 1995 to 2005 and found that more than 12,500 deaths were attributable to increases in speed limits on all kinds of roads. The Texas Transportation Commission says this road is designed with high speeds in mind. ”