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Arlington, Va.- Citing safety hazards for 4 wheelers and semi truck equipment, the American Trucking Associations yesterday urged the Texas Transportation Commission to reverse its decision to allow vehicles to travel 85 miles per hour on a privately-managed stretch of State Highway 130. It also cautioned other states against following the Lone Star State’s dangerous example.

“At the end of the day, excessive speed is the greatest threat to highway safety,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “And by giving motorists carte blanche to put the pedal to the metal, Texas is raising the risk of more crashes, as well as more severe crashes.”

American Trucking Associations has been a vocal advocate for regulating truck speeds at 65 mph for both safety and fuel efficiency. It also works with states to promote greater highway safety by adopting maximum speed limits of 65 mph for all vehicles.

“Higher speeds dramatically increase the risks of a catastrophic crash. On today’s busy and congested highways, it is simply unfathomable that a state would allow drivers to put themselves and others at risk by increasing speed limits to such excessive heights,” Graves said. “The state’s obvious attempt to generate more traffic and greater profit from tolls for private investors, at the public’s expense, highlights the trade-offs associated with relying too much on the private sector to finance highways. I would hope that Texas will quickly see the error in its policy and reverse course.”

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