55, a decade of experience
Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, 1984 - Technology & Engineering - 262 pages
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This was the most comprehensive, definitive study of the effects, costs and benefits of the 55 mph national maximum speed limit ever published. In spite of its general pro-55 mph orientation, it did discuss the alternative of a higher speed limit on rural Interstate highways fairly and honestly.
Overall, I believe the National Research Council deserves credit for doing a very good job. Whether they knew it or not, they paved the way for the 1987 legislation permitting states to post 65 mph on rural Interstate and other Interstate-quality rural highways, and the ultimate repeal of the National Maximum Speed Law in 1995. Today, our nation's highways and roads are safer than they have ever been--without 55!
THE REDUCTIONS IN SPEEDS RESULTING FROM THE 55 MPH SPEED
HIGHWAY SAFETY AND THE 55 MPH SPEED LIMIT
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