Thanks for the CATO reference. I sincerely appreciate your getting more info. My eyes are pretty much shot for today but I did get through the exec sum and into the first graphs. The ex sum says "by any measure the fatalities and deaths decreased after the repeal of the 55 limit in 95"(loose quote). The charts/tables show fatalities going up and # of wrecks going up.....injuries going down. I think the injury thing can be attributed to air bags making their entrance as standard equip on more cars. It seems reasonable that increasing the limit would increase the number of accidents and it did. At least according to the charts from the National agency that they quoted in their report. Hope I didn't miss a great deal but as said I ain't seeing that well right now.
About CATO: It is reputed to be a "conservative agenda bull horn" that can generate the report you need on demand. I deeply dispute that...as a conservative. They seem to collect a wide assortment of felons and publically disgraced individuals and have their reports disputed often. False speaking, missrepresenting facts and double speak are not conservative traits....those are "liberal" traits....by definition. The conservative trait is truth, plain and simple.
Don't missunderstand, I sincerely thank you for the reference
. I think a better argument is that there are a certain number of deaths associated with increased speed. There is also an associated reduction of manhours consumed per task that is interpreted as efficiency. A civil engineer that built highways in Australia and California was a next door neighbor of mine. He once told me that miss designed and under signed highways accounted for way more carnage than anyone was willing to admit. He said that a sure fire killer was the "unequal" radius curve. Most don't even understand what that is in terms of highway design. I think that was Mac's pet peeve and he said they were all the result of some engineer not being willing to spend a few more buckets of fill or gouging out a few more yards of bank. We can save more lives in ways that are popular with way more people and would probably put a lot of guys to work improving the nation but it would require tax dollars and liberals want to line their own pockets at the expense of everybody and anybody they can shaft with higher death rates and insurance costs.
Oh, well....don't get me started.