Would an 85 mph speed limit work on NJ roads?

EDISON - A toll road in Texas will increase the speed limit to 85 mph in November, raising the question of whether higher speed limits might work in New Jersey. Starting in November, drivers will be able to drive 85 mph on a flat 41-mile stretch of I-35, a toll road between Austin and San Antonio. Some stretches of the Garden State Parkway have been reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph due to the number of accidents. That's one of the reasons drivers told News 12 New Jersey that an 85 mph speed limit would never work here. Data estimates there were 16,290 traffic deaths nationwide this year, a 9 percent hike from the same time period last year. Tracy Noble, of AAA, says crashes and deaths are on the rise because Americans are driving more.

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