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Bill to bump up speed limits advances, despite Autobahn fears

by John Kennedy | January 16th, 2014

Florida speed limits could rise to 75 mph in some rural stretches under bill.

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.”

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4 Responses to “Bill to bump up speed limits advances, despite Autobahn fears”

  1. Carrie Says:

    the rethugs are creating new jobs – one body at a time

  2. Richard Gozina Says:

    Sen Joyner says “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.”

    Dont think I have ever agreed more with something a politician said.

    The speed limit in most drivers eyes is more a of minimum speed limit than a maximum. If they make it 75 then people will be doing 85+ with frightening frequency.

  3. Tyrone Leroy Says:

    They should make all the highways 45 and have police give tickets on anything 85 m.p.h. or higher. You can make more money that way with speeding fines and since people are going to do what they want to anyway.

  4. OBIWAN Says:

    Our vehicles today are safer at 75 mph than forty years ago at 50…
    … yet, there we flew in that 1970 GTO pegging the 140 mph speedo going into Kaleefornya. Didn’t even have radial tires then… averaged over 90 across 850 miles of Texas – covered in a freak January icestorm and no traffic at all!

    NOW, can we get sensible? You want safety AND more convenient speed?

    For free the automakers can update the Cruise Control to receive signage signals… along with built-in SunPass software…
    … to prevent that vehicle from going more than 5 mph faster than posted speed limit…
    … or rolling thru the stop sign/red light faster than 3 mph.


    We can increase actual posted limits… eliminate half the signage no longer needed in a decade…
    … AND eliminate the 80% of LEO now doing ‘traffic revenuing’!

    Imagine cutting LEO by 50% and still having three times as many arresting Illegal Aliens for deportation whenever encountered?

    A triple winner !!

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