Bill to bump up speed limits advances, despite Autobahn fearsby John Kennedy | January 16th, 2014
Floridians could get a green light to drive 75 mph on some parts of state highways under legislation approved Thursday by the Senate’s Transportation Committee.
A sponsor of the bill, Sen. Jeff Brandes, R- St. Petersburg, is chairman of the panel that cleared the legislation (SB 392) on a 6-1 vote.
“This bill simply allows the Department of Transportation to set the speed limits based on how people are actually using the roads,” Brandes said. “That’s an important thing to be recognized.”
Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, is a co-sponsor and called it “a common sense approach to raising speed limits.”
But Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, the lone vote against the measure, warned that it was a step in the direction of turning Florida highways into the speed-limit free German Autobahn.
“I hope it doesn’t have a clean sail, I’ll be fighting it all the way,” Joyner said, adding, “People now don’t give you an inch. People now drive 5 or 6 miles over the speed limit. Now you’re going to push it up to 80.”