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June 13, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Everything is bigger in Texas, they say.  Soon, it could be faster, too. The Lone Star State could raise the speed limit on one stretch of highway to 85 miles per hour, the highest in the nation. But don't press the pedal to the metal yet. The possibility of zooming down a 41-mile stretch of new toll road between Austin and San Antonio at 85 mph is revving up a debate about highway speeds that dates back at least to the 1970s when Congress imposed a national 55 mph speed limit (repealed in 1995)
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December 16, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Authorities are still investigating a fatal crash during a pursuit in Compton by L.A. County sheriff's deputies that left four people dead. Los Angeles County coroner's officials have so far identified just one person killed in the early Saturday morning crash . Stacy Marie Garcia, 30, of Los Angeles was driving north on Wilmington Avenue in her gray Chevrolet Monte Carlo when it was broadsided by a red sedan heading west on Greenleaf Boulevard,...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1995
With the speed limit now set at 65 on most California freeways, one thing is clear: We all have to slow down. J.V. ADAMS Whittier
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December 2, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - A speeding passenger train barreled into a sharp curve about 82 mph when it should have been traveling 30 mph, and there was no attempt to slow down until "very late in the game," investigators said Monday. Four passengers were killed in Sunday's derailment, the worst in the 30-year history of the Metro-North Railroad, and more than 60 people were injured. All the wounded were expected to survive. About two dozen remained hospitalized Monday as the first details of the National Transportation Safety Board's inquiry brought calls for stricter safety standards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The Santa Clarita street where "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker and his business partner died in a explosive car crash Saturday had its speed limit increased to 45 mph from 35 last year. Santa Clarita city officials approved the speed limit increase as part of a regular five-year traffic survey mandated by state law, Gail Ortiz said about the stretch of Hercules Street. Ortiz said the city was unaware of any street racing activity in that area. But law enforcement officials said Monday that the Rye Canyon area is known for street racing and high-powered driving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1987
In response to Kenneth Fink's opposition to the 65 m.p.h. speed limit, I say this: People who drive 65 m.p.h. now do so because that is the speed at which they feel comfortable driving, not because it is 10 m.p.h. above the speed limit. Saying that people will start driving 75 m.p.h. if the speed limit is raised to 65 m.p.h. because of the "human nature" of people to do such things is ridiculous. Most people would not feel comfortable driving at 75 m.p.h.; instead they will legally be allowed to drive at the speed at which they feel the most comfortable: 65 m.p.h.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1995
Today I witnessed the aftermath of yet another automobile collision in front of Oxnard Shores caused by excessive speed on Harbor Boulevard. A car traveling 50 to 60 m.p.h. southbound on Harbor cut in front of another car too close and the driver of the slower car swerved to prevent a collision and hit a lamp pole head-on. The major reason for the accident was excessive speed caused by the city of Oxnard posting an unsafe legal speed limit on the portion of Harbor Boulevard that fronts Oxnard Shores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The Santa Clarita street where "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker and his business partner died in a explosive car crash Saturday had its speed limit increased to 45 mph from 35 last year. Santa Clarita city officials approved the speed limit increase as part of a regular five-year traffic survey mandated by state law, Gail Ortiz said about the stretch of Hercules Street. Ortiz said the city was unaware of any street racing activity in that area. But law enforcement officials said Monday that the Rye Canyon area is known for street racing and high-powered driving.
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December 2, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A passenger train that derailed in New York City, killing four people, was traveling 82 mph as it entered a curve where the speed limit is 30 mph, and the brakes were not fully applied until seconds before the cars came to a stop off the tracks, federal investigators said Monday. Earl Weener of the National Transportation Safety Board stressed that the information so far was “preliminary,” but he said the details of the Metro-North train's speed and brakes came from two “event recorders” that investigators were able to retrieve after Sunday's crash in the Spuyten Duyvil neighborhood of the Bronx.
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October 30, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
The pedestrian struck and killed by an SUV on Monday in Palmdale was a 16-year-old student who said goodbye to her boyfriend moments before she was hit, according to authorities. Elvia Alvarez was struck by a Ford Flex as she crossed the roadway near 30 th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard about 10 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy John Herald. Alvarez was walking home at the time, he added. Alvarez was not in a marked crosswalk at the time of the collision, but the intersection has street lights, Herald said.
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July 11, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A member of Justin Bieber's entourage was arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies early Thursday morning in Calabasas on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said. Christopher Moore, 20, an aspiring rapper known as Lil Twist, was pulled over at 3:26 a.m. while driving the 2012 chrome Fisker Karma registered to the pop star, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Moore was driving nearly 70 mph and ran a red light near the intersection of Parkway Calabasas and Camino Portal, a street leading to the gated community where Bieber lives.
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June 19, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Tucked on the Ventura County border a good 23 miles from Hollywood and Vine, Calabasas is far beyond the reach of any celebrity tour bus and unplotted by most star maps. The city of 23,000 is built for privacy. About 40% of the homes are hidden behind guarded gates, and the priciest homes are protected behind a second set of gates accessible only by car-mounted transponder. Drawn by the seclusion and high-performing schools, actors, athletes and other A-listers have flocked to Calabasas and surrounding communities such as Hidden Hills over the years.
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May 29, 2013 | By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan, Los Angeles Times
The 17-year-old high school student who was at the wheel when his car spun out of control in a horrific Memorial Day crash in Newport Beach did not have a valid driver's license, according to DMV records. The crash left five teens dead, all high school students from Irvine. Two sisters were among the casualties. Police said speed was a contributing factor to the wreck. Investigators didn't say how fast the teen's Infiniti was going, but the mayor in the beach city said he was told the car may have been traveling at 100 mph or faster.
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May 23, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As Socrates so sagely suggested when he stopped by the set of "Fast & Furious 6" - "Yo, know thyself... " Dom and crew certainly took the words to heart. For all the excess in the latest installment of the adrenaline-injected street-racing action franchise, its humble, low-budget 2001 beginnings are still visible today in the rear-view mirror of Dom's super souped-up 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger. Buildings topple, bridges crumble and speed limits are shamelessly broken as "Fast & Furious 6" roars through the streets of London.
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February 26, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Nevada State Sen. Don Gustavson knows how long and boring some of those drives across the Silver State can be. So he wants to speed things up a bit. On Monday, he introduced a bill that paves the way for Nevada to increase the maximum speed limit to 85 mph in those areas where state transportation officials determine that speed is safe. If enacted, the new speed limit would match the one in Texas for the nation's fastest. “I drive on rural roads a lot here in northern Nevada -- my district is huge,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
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