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Safety advocates put the brakes on push to hike Florida speed limits

by 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provide an important source of revenue for public safety, but supposed safety experts made the same claims when we repealed the national speed limit.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.”

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13 Responses to “Safety advocates put the brakes on push to hike Florida speed limits”

  1. Rick Saunders Says:

    You have got to get people off the phone while driving ! ! !

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  3. Edward Says:

    Wonder what data Clemens is looking at? There’s absolutely no question speed kills.

  4. Falcone Says:

    Clemens wants to pass laws to change laws that annoy him. Please, Palm Beach Post, check his own driving record. His snide remark about speeding tickets making money is becuase he’s always getting tickets! Why won’t the Post reporton his driving record?

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  6. Nope Says:

    Edward, what data are you looking at? You make a declarative statement, so where’s your proof?
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    Here’s your link:
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    We have people who text, talk on cell, snack etc while driving at a high rate of speed and then they cut lanes back and forth…a sort of multi tasking while driving. I always seem to be in back of these drivers on 95. And you want to hike the speed limit for what reason really? Do you know what that would look like? Totally a lame and irresponsible proposal. And by the way Palm Beach Post, creepy comments like those before me, really?

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