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2012-01-06 10:29:34

Editorial: Proposals to increase the motorway speed limit by 10 mph Government plans to increase the motorway speed limit in England and Wales will have adverse effects on health, outweighing any economic benefits, claims an editorial published on bmj.com today. The authors, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, criticize government proposals to raise the speed limit on all motorways in England and Wales from 70mph to 80mph by the year 2013. The government argues...

2011-05-04 04:15:00

AURORA, Ill., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AAA urges Illinois legislators to vote no on SB 1913, which allows large tractor-trailer trucks to travel on all four-lane highways outside Chicagoland at 65 mph, as opposed to the current 55 mph speed limit. The bill has already passed through the Illinois Senate and awaits a full vote by the Illinois House. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100506/AAACHILOGO) "The Illinois legislature should not ignore the inherent danger of this...

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2011-04-08 12:35:00

The Texas House of Representatives approved a new speed limit law in the Lone Star State of 85 miles per hour. The new law would allow the Texas Department of Transportation to establish a speed limit not to exceed 85 miles per hour on a part of a state highway system. The proposal is a provision of a bill that would eliminate funding for an unpopular toll road project. The 85 mph speed limit would be the highest posted speed limit in the U.S. and the second-highest posted speed limit in...

2010-06-03 17:25:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Highway safety advocacy group Road Safe America and others concerned about more death and injury on Florida's roads are urging Gov. Charlie Crist to veto House Bill 1271, which includes raising the maximum weight carried by Florida trucks from 80,000 pounds to 88,000 pounds. Road Safe America (www.roadsafeamerica.org) predicts the 10% increase in total weight without requiring any additional axles or brakes for control or stopping power will cause...

2009-09-08 07:07:00

ATLANTA, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Road Safe America, a non-profit dedicated to making America's highways safer, has launched a web-based national petition drive designed to create a national groundswell of citizen demand for President Obama, the Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation to take action to require electronic speed governors on heavy commercial vehicles to be set at 65 mph or slower. Electronic speed governors have been standard equipment on big trucks since 1992,...

2009-07-17 14:17:47

In the 10-year period after repeal of the National Maximum Speed Law in 1995 there were some 12,500 U.S. deaths due to the increased speed, researchers said. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health law said the federal law, which restricted the maximum speed limit to 55 mph on all interstate roads, was initiated in 1974 to conserve gasoline in response to the oil embargo. During the first year there was a drop of almost 17 percent in fatalities after the...

2009-07-01 09:48:00

RSA fighting to activate big truck speed governors since 2004; Meanwhile, big trucks involved in 400,000 wrecks annually ATLANTA, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Road Safe America, a non-profit dedicated to making America's highways safer, said today the tragic deaths of 10 motorists in an Oklahoma multi-vehicle pileup involving a tractor trailer truck June 26 is clear evidence of the need for a national rule requiring electronic speed governors on heavy commercial vehicles to be set at 65 mph....

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2009-04-11 08:10:00

Kansas gravel roads have varying speed limits, but a study by Kansas State University researchers shows that instead of abiding by those limits, people are more likely to use their own judgment to gauge how fast they should drive on the roads. K-State researchers Sunanda Dissanayake, associate professor of civil engineering, and Litao Liu, graduate student in civil engineering, have studied the actual speeds on Kansas gravel roads and the various factors involved. "We found that people are...

2005-06-22 12:25:00

A new article publishing in the latest issue of Review of Policy Research examines the evolution and devolution of speed limit laws and their effects on fatality rates. The author did not find a significant increase in fatalities per miles driven after speed limit laws ceased to be national and states could, and some did, increase their highway limit to more than fifty-five miles per hour. "Automobile safety features and enforcement emerge as important factors in increasing highway safety;...


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