HOUSTON, TX – Hitting the highway this weekend for a little end-of-summer road trip? You’re not alone. Thousands of folks are expected to take to streets for one last hurrah before school starts again, meaning slow going for everyone, that is everyone except us.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, Texas is the fastest state in the nation — top speed: a hair-raising 85 miles per hour on the State Highway 130 toll road between Seguin and Austin — the fastest highway in North America. Add to that a bevy of 80 mile-per-hour highways out in west Texas between Midland and the Fort Davis Mountians, and the average speed for Texas drivers becomes a whopping 78.3. So, is being the fastest state in the nation something we should be proud of, or something we should worry about?
“I think it’s something we should be concerned about,” Houstonian Jason Crampton says.
Trish Rice agrees. “With the texting and people using their phones and other devices while driving, it scares me.”
The slowest place in the nation? Washington D.C. posting a top speed of only 55. No wonder nothing ever gets done there. Forget about passing legislation, you can’t even pass the car ahead of you.