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Utah tests more roads for higher mph At least two states have been moving toward an increased mph on some open highways. A study of a test road in Utah found a reduction in fatalities and accidents with higher speed limits. Earlier studies, though, have found the contrary. Safety associated with driving quicker The Utah DOT decided to test two stretched of highway in 2009 by changing the speed limit from 75 mph to 80 mph for a short period. There is not a lot of population near the area, and the road is pretty straight and even. Apparently the tests were worth it. There was a decrease in crashes in both areas by 20 percent and 11 percent. The average speed of drivers increased from 83 mph to 85 mph, but that was only a slight increase. There was really a 20 percent reduction in the number of drivers breaking the speed limit. The speed limit was boosted near Beaver and Parowan recently as part of the test. The areas will see permanent changes to 80 mph in 2014 if the test results stay optimistic as they are now. The testing began following the 2008 passage of a bill that was headed by Utah rep. Jim Dunnigan (R). Something every person is doing it Dunnigan said: “When we initially presented this, there were concerns that if we raised the speed limit from 75 to 80 mph that people would really travel from 90 to 100 mph. That didn’t happen. The average speed only increased a couple miles an hour. … Most people are already traveling 80, so we are making legal what a majority of people are doing.” The Utah Department of Transportation director Carlos Braceras said that the speed limit will become permanent in test areas and will hopefully increase in other areas, according to the Legislature’s Transportation Interim Committee. On Sept 19, the committee voted to continue with testing Texas pace Earlier this month, the speed limit on a 41-mile toll road in Texas was elevated to the highest in the land: 85 mph. The road makes for the fastest trip ever from San Antonio to Austin, TX, by Honda or any other auto make.


Raising speed limits could trigger death USA today specified Russ Rader, a spokesman for the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in its coverage of the event. Rader’s statement contradicts the state-sponsored study in Utah. Rader said: “The research is clear that when speed limits go up, fatalities go up.” Increased speed limits in the last 10 years have killed at least 12,500 people in traffic crashes, according to a 2009 American Journal of Public Health Study. This was also cited. From Edmonds Magic Toyota Scion you get the most perfect auto purchasing experience achievable. So take a look at Edmonds Magic Toyota Scion! Obtain your a rss wordpress plugin right now. For further details, Visit

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