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As Speed Limits Increase, An American Autobahn Seems Inevitable

The idea of unfettered speed sounds exhilarating, but is the juice worth the squeeze?

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In a country as majestic as America, speed limits seem almost shameful and unjust.

Driving has always been an extension of the soul.  This is particularly pointed and poignant in America, of course, where vast expanses of beautiful nothingness are kind of our thing.  The quintessential dream of anyone fortunate to have ever set eyes on our landmass is to take a carefree, extended drive from coast to coast, basking in the unmitigated glory of this creation.

Let’s be honest, folks; we have it made.

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And, seeing as we have all of this unfettered space to work with, why limit how fast we can traverse it.  After all, on those lonely stretches of desert byway, there are no stop signs, turn offs, rest stops or restaurants.  There is just you, the vehicle that you command, and the friction of the road against your tires.  Why not throw caution to wind, at least for a few brief moments of exuberance?

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This pursuit of high revving happiness may soon become a reality here in these United States of America, as speed limits continue to defy convention.

After years of seeing posted highway speeds creep up around the country, perhaps it’s no surprise that a California legislator would propose the ultimate in motoring freedom: No limits at all.

State Sen. John Moorlach’s vision for a Golden State version of Germany’s famed Autobahn — a stretch of pavement where you can drive as fast you want — is just the latest in a series of moves by states to put the pedal to the metal when it comes to speed limits.

In the US today, there are only a handful of states with above-average speed limits.

Seven states — Idaho, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming — have allowed 80 mph speed limits on select highways. One, Texas, has 85 mph on a section of State Highway 130. Legislatures have upped limits as cars have become safer and more powerful and the price of gas has tumbled, lowering concerns about the poor fuel mileage that high-speed driving can bring.

Safety concerns are abound, of course, with experts stating that there is a clear correlation between higher speed limits and highway fatalities.

 

 

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