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Higher speed-limit bill headed to Senate floor

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A proposal to increase speed limits to 75 mph on Florida's interstates is ready for the full Senate's consideration.

The Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 392 with four dissenting: Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, and Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart.

The rest of the commitee sign off on the bill co-sponsored by Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, and Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg. Clemens argued that the state Department of Transporatation should be allowed to adjust speed limits using data and statistics.

“This bill takes myth and politics and replaces it with facts and engineering," Clemens said.

Safety advocates have argued that higher speed limits would lead to more accidents and fatalities and that drivers would push speedometers past the posted maximums. Clemens' bill also would allow speed limits to be increased 65 mph on four-lane highways outside urban areas and 60 mph on other roads the state manages.

The House version of the proposal, HB 761, has one more committee stop before it makes it to the floor. If the bill is passed by both chambers, it would go into effect July 1. The FDOT would have final say on which roads would allow faster vehicles.

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James Walker

This bill would improve safety in Florida and deserves the support of every resident. Most posted highway limits in Florida are set too low which decreases safety for everyone. If you want safer roads, please call your state Senator to ask them to vote yes on the bill to allow 75 mph limits on Florida freeways.

When you see the term "safety advocates" who oppose the law, these are the groups that make money from speed trap speeding tickets given to safe drivers. This includes local governments and the insurance companies that make money when safe drivers get tickets and insurance premium surcharges. This includes AAA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - the IIHS that should be called the Insurance Institute for Higher (premium) Surcharges.

"Safety advocates" strongly oppose the safest speed limits set at the 85th percentile speeds of free flowing traffic under good conditions. See our website to understand this proven 70+ year old safety science.

James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association

Fire

A tractor with loaded trailer weighs 80,000 lbs is driving 75 mph and the stopping distance is how many feet? Now the same on wet roads is how many feet? Now in fog? Hows those air bags gonna work for you? Yea, raise the speed limit on Florida highways. Speed Kills.

BlueMax372

Fire, you erroneously assume that the tractor driver is too stupid to slow down on wet roads and in fog. The Interstate Highway System was designed in the 1950's for vehicles built in the 1950's to travel at a top speed of 80 MPH.

Stephen

The higher speed limit is SAFE!

THE FLORIDA DEATH RATE DROPPED BY OVER 50% DESPITE HIGHER SPEED LIMITS!

http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/States/StatesFatalitiesFatalityRates.aspx

2.2 vmt in 1994 to 1.25 in 2011 (and 2010). (DESPITE HIGHER SPEED LIMITS and overall more traffic)

RAISE THE SPEED LIMIT!

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