Monday, October 19, 2009

DISA & DATA (Highway speed limits = deaths)

Highway speed limits = deaths. In 1974 Congress set highway speed limits at 55mph; purpose was to reduce gas consumption. In 1995 states were then allowed to set their own speed limits. Researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that 12,500 more highway deaths occurred from 1995 to 2005 because of the increase in allowed speed, even when taking into consideration more cars, introduction of air bags and other car construction improvements. (N.Y. Times, 9/20/09)

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