Florida Gov. Scott To Veto Higher Speeds

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News Release: AAA
Updated: May 13, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (May 13, 2014) — "AAA is extremely pleased with the Governor’s decision to veto Senate Bill 392 which would have allowed higher speed limits on Florida roadways," said Kevin Bakewell, Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs Officer, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Speed-related crashes are a major contributing factor in traffic crashes including 30 percent of traffic fatalities. Maintaining Florida’s current speed limits will undoubtedly prevent injuries and save lives on our roadways. For citizens and our nearly 100 million annual visitors, the Governor’s action should send a message that safety in Florida is a top priority."

News Release: Capitol News Service
Updated: May 13, 2014

On the heels of a state Trooper killed on Interstate 75, Governor Rick Scott said today he will veto legislation that would allow some interstate speed limits to increase to 75 miles per hour. Scott made the announcement when asked by a reporter. Scott is usually very coy about future vetos, and in this case, he has yet to even receive the bill from lawmakers. Scott says he was influenced by law enforcement.

"I've heard from sheriffs around the state and other law enforcement asking me to veto the bill. I'm gonna stand with law enforcement and I want everybody to stay safe. I don't want anybody to be injured so I'm going to veto that bill," said Gov. Scott.

AAA Motor Clubs has also been calling on Scott to veto higher speeds.

News Release: Associated Press News
April 30, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Speed limits on Florida highways could be raised to 75 miles per hour under a bill that's going to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Florida House voted 58-56 on Wednesday to pass the bill, despite several lawmakers who said it would cause more deaths. That includes Democratic Rep. Irv Slosberg, whose daughter was killed in a car accident where speed was a factor.

The measure would allow the Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit on interstate and limited access highways from 70 to 75 miles per hour, from 65 to 70 miles per hour on rural, four-lane divided highways and up to 65 miles per hour on other roads. It does not automatically raise the speed limits.

News Release: Florida Senate

Tallahassee, FL- Today the Senate passed Senate Bill 392 State Speed Zones with strong bipartisan support. The bill, jointly introduced by Senators Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth), will allow the Florida Department of Transportation to raise speed limits on certain roadways by 5 miles per hour, raising the maximum allowable speed on interstate highways to 75 miles per hour.

“Florida will now join over a dozen other states that have granted their traffic engineers additional flexibility in adjusting speed limits to better reflect actual driving behavior,” stated Senator Brandes. “I am proud to have worked across the aisle on this bipartisan proposal and I look forward to working with our colleagues in the House to ensure final passage.”

“This bill replaces myth and politics with facts and science,” Senator Clemens said. “Speed limits should be set by sound engineering practices not by the whims of politicians.”

“The National Motorists Association supports the efforts of Senators Brandes and Clemens to ensure that Florida’s interstate highways are as safe as possible,” stated John Bowman, Communications Director for the National Motorists Association. “Senate Bill 392 represents sound public policy for Florida’s 15.4 million drivers. The proper setting of speed limits facilitated by the bill will even out traffic flow, reduce conflicts among vehicles and reduce accidents on Florida’s highways.”

State law establishes varying speed limits on different types of roadways. The current limits are 70 miles per hour for interstates, 65 miles per hour for highways with a divided median, and 60 miles per hour for other roadways that the Florida Department of Transportation oversee. The Brandes-Clemens bill proposes to increase these limits by 5 miles per hour. The highest speed limits in the nation are currently in Texas, which allows up to 85 miles per hour on certain roads, and Utah’s 80 mile per hour speed limit.

For more information on SB 392 please visit www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0392

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