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Bill To Raise Speed Limit Passes Subcommittee

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By: Lanetra Bennett
March 4, 2014 - 2pm

Tallahassee, Fla. - The bill proposing an increased speed limit on some highways has passed a subcommittee.

The House Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee passed House Bill 761 Tuesday afternoon.

The bill would allow the Department of Transportation to set higher speed limits after determining what is reasonable and safe.

This could mean going up to 75 miles per hour on the highway.

Representative Irving Slosberg, the lone committee member voting against the bill today, says it's not a good idea. He says, " "Florida has the sixth worst drivers and the number one most careless drivers in the United States. There's texting, there's looking at the GPS, there's Facebook. You got all these distractions. This is like the worse time to start raising our speed limits."

The house bill has to pass one more committee before reaching the House floor. A Senate version is scheduled to go before a committee next week.


Associated Press News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Two Florida state senators want to let motorists drive faster on the state's highways.

Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, are filing a bill that would allow the state to raise the speed limit up to 75 miles per hour on some highways.

Brandes said his bill would allow the state to raise the limit if traffic engineers believe is it safe. He noted that the state has not reviewed its speed limit since 1996.

The speed limit on interstate highways is 70 miles per hour. The limit is 65 miles per hour for highways with a divided median and 60 miles per hour for other roads overseen by the state.

The bill would increase those limits by 5 miles per hour.


By: Mike Vasilinda
November 12, 2013

Florida is one of 34 states that have speed limits of seventy miles an hour or below, but two state lawmakers are suggesting the Sunshine state join the five other states that raised their speed limits in the last year.

Florida didn’t adopt the 70 mile an hour speed limit on interstates until 1995. Last year nearly nine hundred thousand speeding tickets were written across the state. Now, two lawmakers are proposing bumping the limit up to 75 on interstates. The higher speed is just fine with George Martens “I’d like to see 80”. We met George on his way from Orlando to Illinois. “These cars today are made to go about ninety miles an hour, and have all sorts of items to avoid distraction” says the motorist.

Not everyone thinks its a good idea. Danny Thomas worries motorists will start traveling faster than ever. “Everybody’s doing eighty plus,” says Thomas. “So if you raise it to seventy-five, everybody will start doing eighty-five plus.”

At least fifteen states have higher speed limits than Florida’s. In Texas, you can legally go eighty-five on some roads.

The Department of Highway safety says the first thing they’re going to do is check with states that have raised the limit above 70 and ask how its working. “What we’re going to do is reach out to the other states that have had this pass and see what their issue were and the successes with it” says Captain Nancy Rasmussen, the spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol in Tallahassee.

Back out at the rest area on Interstate 10, long haul trucker Dan Taylor is all for traveling faster, because it’ll put more money in his pocket. “I’m paid by the mile, so the more miles I can get out in a day and I can only drive for eleven hours, I make more money” says Tucker, who was on his way to Dallas, Texas.

Taylor is from Kansas, where interstate speeds are already posted at 75.

State Senator Jeff Clemons, one of two sponsors of the high limit was quick to point out the higher limit would be on rural interstate and toll roads only. He also tells us motorists should be able to drive at whatever speed is safe.

Here is a link to the speed limits in other states: http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/speedlimit_laws.html


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