Texas should set a safety example the nation can follow

Texas might boost its maximum speed limit to 85 mph on some highways.

That means many folks probably will drive 95 mph.

And some may drive 70 mph -- perhaps because they’re chatting on their cell phones.

Therein is the problem.

As many who read my blogs know, I detest dialing and driving. I don’t do it. I don’t like it when others do it. And based on government data plus a dose of common sense, I believe it is distracting and unsafe, period.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, Texas has a cell phone ban on school bus drivers and novice drivers. There are some cell phone restrictions in Texas school zones, too.

I travel a Michigan highway daily. The posted maximum speed limit is 70 mph. But many drivers travel 80 mph or faster.

I don’t condone speeding, but what often makes high-speed driving particularly dangerous isn’t the speeder as much as the driver slogging along at 55 to 65 mph while drifting between lanes. That slower, weaving driver impedes the flow of traffic. And that driver is typically talking on a cell phone, unaware of his or her sloppy driving or surrounding traffic.

Just like the Red Rocker Sammy Hagar, I can’t drive 55 all the time.

But if Texas is going to have the nation’s highest speed limit, I hope it also has the toughest restrictions on hand-held cell phone use while driving.

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