Higher Speed Limits Don't Cause More Deaths  

mi_mwpm 51M
1175 posts
6/25/2005 8:30 pm

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Higher Speed Limits Don't Cause More Deaths

Found this on a science-related website...

A new study of changing speed limits in the United States finds no evidence that higher limits fuel more deaths.

Political scientist Robert Yowell of the Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas examined shifts in speed limit laws over the past few decades.

Highway speed limits were initially throttled in the 1970s in response to the gas shortage. In the 1980s the focus shifted to public safety. Yet in 1995, Congress returned all speed limit authority back to the states, and many states raised their top highway speeds.

While limits ranged from 75 mph to 55 and back again, no significant increase in fatalities per mile driven are evident.

In fact, from 1968 to 1991, the fatality rate per 100 million miles declined by 63.2 percent.

Yowell attributes the decrease to safer cars, increased use of seat belts, an increase in the minimum legal drinking age, and better road maintenance.

"Automobile safety features and enforcement emerge as important factors in increasing highway safety," Yowell contends in the July issue of Review of Policy Research. "Speed limits are far less important."

Research from Kansas State University earlier this year would seem to support Yowell's claim. Civil engineer Sunanda Dissanayake found four factors that were consistently most significant in contributing to fatalities in rural highway crashes:

* Driving under the influence
* Driving at higher than the posted speed limit
* Not using a seat belt
* Being ejected from the vehicle

Dissanayake also found that 75 percent of highway accidents occur in rural areas, largely because laws are more stringently enforced on urban highways.

Moral? Drive as fast as you want while your lady is giving you a blow job - you're practically bullet-proof as long as you're sober, driving in the city and have your seatbelt on.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
6/25/2005 9:23 pm

So there you have it, everyone. Don't get mad at me for driving too slow, I HAVE to.
I'm driving an old car with no seatbelts and I'm drunk.

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
6/25/2005 9:37 pm

* Driving under the influence
* Driving at higher than the posted speed limit
* Not using a seat belt
* Being ejected from the vehicle

lol they are right though.....well halfway....

the main CAUSES of road accidents and fatalities, is

inexperienced drivers or even experienced drivers encountering adverse road conditions...unprepared at an inappropriate speed (posted speed limit is irrelevant in such instances as often during heavy storms etc even travelling at the posted limit is inappropriate and dangerous)

Alcohol and drugs



speed just helps em along it doesn't cause it....

this coming from a person who lives just a hares breath from one of the longest straightest roads with an unlimited speed limit....

The Stuart Hwy...

they have been screaming for years for it to have a posted speed limit, the cry coming mostly from southerners who are not accustomed to driving the stretches....


Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F

6/25/2005 10:08 pm

Oh Good now Ican drive faster while readign and typing my blogs on my wireless internet

hahaha I am kidding

keithcancook 60M
17828 posts
6/25/2005 10:43 pm

I detest driving.


6/26/2005 12:01 am

It really is sad that some don`t have the brains they were suppose to be born with. Impaired drivers are a waste to humanity. SORRY just my very strong 2 cents


FrndsWBenefits 53M/52F
56 posts
6/26/2005 5:08 am

IIRC, from my schoolin', the difference in the acceptable highway speeds (the range) is also a factor in number of accidents. The larger the acceptable range, the more accidents. I am for higher highway speeds, but the low end of the range should be increased as well to keep that range tighter.

Personally, I LOVE to drive.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
6/26/2005 5:22 pm

I don't care much for driving either Keith.
Lets stay home and order pizza

Apolybear 54M

6/28/2005 8:32 pm

Speed limits are meant to save gas and increase local municipality revenues through traffic tickets. Not safety.

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