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I Can Drive 75…Maybe

March 27th, 2014 by flanews

The speed limit was raised to 70 miles an hour back in 1995. Since then, traffic fatalities have gone down every year but one. Now lawmakers want to kick the speed up a notch…to 75.

“This bill takes myth and politics and replaces it with fact and engineering,” said Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Palm Beach).

After being stalled for weeks, the legislation cleared a key hurdle Thursday.

“Speed limits are probably the most commonly violated law outside of prohibition,” said Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg). “We really need to update our laws.”

Out on Interstate 10, most traffic was already moving faster than the posted 70 miles an hour. We met Steve Cooper walking his dog in a rest area, on his way home to Missouri.

When Steve Cooper, a retired firefighter, told us he usually drives about 75 on the interstate, we asked him if he would drive faster if the speed limit were 75. “No, I don’t think so,” he said.

But most studies say otherwise.

The bill staff analysis says that by raising the speed five miles an hour, the average speed will go up three miles an hour.

AAA Motor clubs doesn’t like faster speeds. It says most states with higher speed limits are seeing fatality rates above the national average.

“Distracted driving, cell phone usage, speed-related that we’re gonna have more deaths and as you know speeding kills,” said Karen McFarlane of AAA Motor Clubs.

Speed limits could only be raised after a safety study, but never through urban areas, they couldn’t be higher than 70 on divided non- interstate roadway.

One roadblock to higher speeds could be the House Economic Affairs Committee. It has yet to put the bill on the agenda for its final meeting next week.


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