Texas bill to raise speed limit racing toward passage

"People already drive five to 10 mph over the limit," Reeves County Sheriff's Capt. Reno Lewis said to the newspaper. "Eighty is fast enough. You put it up to 85, and they drive five to 10 mph faster, they'll be going close to 100 mph."

"Experience has taught that when you raise the speed limit, there is a potential for more serious traffic injuries and fatalities," Southwestern Insurance spokesman Jerry Johns said in the article. "Speed and alcohol are the biggest contributors to accidents."

A similar proposal has been introduced in the Texas state Senate.