States with slowest, fastest roads by speed limit
Texas is fastest with an average of 78.3 mph, Alaska and District of Columbia are the slowest.
Whether you’re stuck behind a dawdling driver (or two) on the interstate or inching along in an urban traffic jam, it can sometimes seem as if everyone around you is moving syrupy slow. But that could also depend on where you live or drive.
In New York -- the state and not just the city -- you may find yourself going slower since it has some of the lowest overall speed limits in the nation, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Whereas in Texas you may find yourself driving quite a bit faster since the Lone Star State ranks as having the highest overall speed limits in the U.S.
The nonprofit GHSA, a group that represents the highway safety offices for each U.S. state, placed Texas at the top of the list for having not only the highest speed limit in the U.S., 85 mph, but also the highest overall average top speed limits for both urban and rural interstates as well as limited access roads: 78.3 mph. This beats Idaho, the next fastest state with a top limit of 80 mph and an average top speed of 76.7 mph, by nearly 2 mph.
Texas has the 41-mile stretch of the State Highway 130 toll road near Austin to thank for its top-speed crown. It was named the nation’s first 85-mph highway almost two years ago. Idaho recently closed the gap with Texas after it raised speed limits to 80 mph on stretches of several interstates last month.
Although safety advocates have advised against raising speed limits, arguing that higher speeds lead to more traffic fatalities, the four western states of Idaho, Texas, Utah and Wyoming now have top limits of at least 80 mph on some interstates. A dozen other states have 75 mph top speed limits, while 22 have top speed limits of 70 mph.
While Delaware, Hawaii and New York each have an overall average speed limit of 58 mph and for Rhode Island and Vermont it’s 57 mph -- and they all have top speeds of no more than 65 mph -- these are not the slowest states. That crown goes to Alaska as well as the District of Columbia, with an average top speed on 55 mph, which is also the posted top speed.
[Source: USA Today]
Where's the new "fatality data" for safety advocates use to further their cause.
Oh wait, it hasn't gotten worse!?.
Then let's try to figure out a way to manipulate the data to make it worse than reality.
The police are already helping though, by using "excessive speed" as the cause for most crashes even when it isn't.
Now the WORST! Obviously these writers have not frequented "rural Ohio." Ohio is absolutely the worst state for "turtle drivers." I swear (and I have learned a few choice words throughout my years in Ohio to use on some of the drivers) people in the state are in some kind of "altered mind numbed state" when driving. Not only are the speed limits ridiculously SLOW - the people there will sit at a green light for 5 to 10 seconds before moving their car! When driving the interstates - people in the left hand lane will NOT let you pass them. There are areas with four lanes of traffic in which a safe speed limit of 40 mph would be sufficient is posted as 25 mph. Hey - I cannot even get my car to drive that slow! I also notice that many in Ohio drive recklessly. Many do not pay attention to traffic around them - again clueless. If you love driving DON"T GO TO OHIO!
"Alaska as well as the District of Columbia, with an average top speed on 55 mph, which is also the posted top speed."
This statement is INCORRECT. I live in Anchorage, Alaska and the highest posted speed limit anywhere in the state is 65mph.
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