DALLAS – Texas is raising it’s speed limit to 100 mph!
At 80 mph, Texas’ speed limit is already one of the highest in the nation, but the Texas House of Representatives has approved a bill that raises that limit to 100 on all roads throughout the state.
Motorists with a heavy foot may appreciate the greater freedom, but not everyone is on board. Some are worried the elevated speed limit may cause more accidents, particularly deadly ones, on the state’s roadways.
“This is a settled issue. When you raise speed limits, you have more accidents,” Caleb Tompskin, a spokeman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, told WWN. “Some people get where they’re going faster, but some people will die. But at 100 mph, at least it will be over fast.”
However, Sheriff Mikel Strickland in Ward County, Texas, said a new law wasn’t likely to have much effect in little populated areas. “We’re really rural, so a lot of ’em are already driving at least 100 mph anyway,” he said in a phone interview today. “I don’t see much more impact.”
Strickland, however, said he is somewhat concerned that drivers may push their speeds past 100 mph. “If they raise it to 85, they’re gonna drive 110,” he said.
In some areas of Utah, the speed limit is a swift 100 mph as well.
Texas officials denied that the reason they want the speed limit so high is so that visitors can “get the hell out of our state” as quickly as possible. State Attorney General, Wally Beener said, “We love out-of-state visitors, but we love it even more when they leave.”