To save lives, government should enact new interstate laws, researchers say
By Steven Reinberg
US News & World Report HealthDay Reporter
July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths and injuries on America's
interstates have increased since the repeal of the federal
55-mile-per-hour speed limit in 1995, a new study finds, and some
believe it's time to slow down again.
Researchers tracking fatalities attributed 12,545 deaths and 36,582
injuries in fatal crashes to higher speed limits implemented during the
1995-2005 study period.
"Our study clearly shows that policy can
directly result in more deaths as well as reducing deaths on our
country's roads," said lead researcher Lee S. Friedman of the division
of environmental and occupational health sciences in the School of
Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
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View a FAQ by the author of the study posted here on July 29, 2009