Georgia House Approves Raising Interstate Speed Limit

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Updated By: Winnie Wright

February 4, 2014, 6pm

Commutes on I-75 may not take quite as long if Georgia legislators get their way.

"I actually think it would be a good idea for those who have to commute. They can be able to get to work faster. That way they're not spending more of their time on the road,” said Josh Lale, Georgia driver.

"In places that go from 55 to 70, there's an advantage. People will get to their destinations a little quicker, but around here, 5 miles per hour isn't going to make that much of a difference. But I guess it helps some," said Michael Earls, Georgia driver.

Georgia drivers are sounding off after the Georgia House of Representatives voted to increase the speed limit on some local interstates.

The proposed legislation would increase the speed limit from 55 to 70 miles per hour on interstates in urban areas with a population of 50,000 or more.

GDOT says the proposal doesn't mean speed limits would increase immediately and not all of the state's interstates would be impacted. Local law enforcement says they have their reservations about the potential changes.

"The law enforcement community takes the stance that safety always trumps or outweighs convenience. For you to get across the state of Georgia that much faster is only going to get you there a few minutes earlier. Getting there a few minutes earlier increases the risk of injuries and fatalities and is not worth it," said SGT Michael Adams, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.

Now the legislation still has to go through the Georgia Senate, but like GDOT says, even if it is passed, the changes won’t necessarily be automatic.

Associated Press News Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia House of Representatives has voted to increase the speed limit to 70 mph on interstates in urban areas.

Morris News Service reported that the House voted 157-7 to pass their version of the bill Monday. The legislation would raise the speed limit from 55 mph in areas with populations of 50,000 or more.

GDOT officials have said the proposal wouldn't mean an automatic increase in speed limits on all of the area's interstates.

The agency raised the speed limit from 55 mph on a nearly 30-mile portion of Interstate 285 late last year.

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