Safety advocates put the brakes on push to hike Florida speed limitsby John Kennedy | December 19th, 2013
Law enforcement, consumer and traffic safety advocates pushed back hard Thursday against legislative proposals that could raise Florida’s speed limit to 75 mph in some places.
One official called the measure, co-sponsored by Lake Worth Democratic Sen. Jeff Clemens, a “bad, bad idea.”
“You drive faster, it’s going to take much longer to stop,” said John Ulczycki, a vice-president with the National Safety Council, who acknowledged that speed limits are subject to political negotiations.
He added, “From a public safety point of view, there is not reason to raise the speed limit.”
Clemens and Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, are sponsoring legislation that would authorize the Florida Department of Transportation to study which stretches of highway could be boosted by 5 mph from the current 70 mph limit set in 1996.
The sponsors say that 17 other states that have increased speed limits beyond 70 mph show it’s not a problem when applied correctly.
Clemens said Thursday, ““I understand that speeding tickets provide an important source of revenue for public safety, but supposed safety experts made the same claims when we repealed the national speed limit. The data proves that raising the speed limit has not resulted in more fatalities.”