On Highways, Is Slower Really Safer?

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http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/13/magazine/13WWLN.html According to a recent academic study, raising speed limits to 70 miles per hour, and even higher, has no effect whatsoever on the death rates of young and middle-aged male drivers. Writing in the New York Times Magazine, Walter Kirn notes that the study comes with an asterisk: Higher speed limits do increase the death rates of women and the elderly. The scientists can't agree on the reason for this discrepancy.

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