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On speed limit bill, all roads lead to Gov. Rick Scott

by John Kennedy | May 10th, 2014

One of the most contested battles of the legislative session continues to divide lawmakers, with a proposal to increase state speed limits now fueling more wrangling focused on Gov. Rick Scott.

The clash over “how fast is safe” has crossed the median strip of Florida politics. Democratic and Republican legislators are scattered on both sides of the issue that Scott is expected to settle in coming weeks, either by allowing the legislation (CS/SB 392) to become law or vetoing it.

So far, he’s given no hints. But both sides are working him hard.

Two of the leading players are a pair of Palm Beach County Democrats whose districts are separated by less than 20 miles — but whose views are light years apart on the subject.

Rep. Irv Slosberg

“If you want road safety, this is a no-brainer. He’s got to veto it,” said Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, who has pushed for stricter seat-belt and texting-while-driving laws during his 10 years in the House.

But Sen. Jeff Clemens, a sponsor of the measure, says it would not heighten risks on Florida roadways.

“When you take a step back from the emotions of this issue, you realize that we’re talking about a difference of 5   mph — maybe,” said Clemens, D-Lake Worth. “That’s entirely reasonable.”

Sen. Jeff Clemens

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3 Responses to “On speed limit bill, all roads lead to Gov. Rick Scott”

  1. Stephen Says:

    AS republican voter and AAA member I SUPPORT THE 75 mph bill!

    AAA and some are claiming 75 mph is “unsafe”.

    THEY ARE MISLEADING FLORIDIANS!

    HERE ARE THE FAR DATA on 75 mph states!

    AZ 1996 55/65 mph death rate 2.36 2011 with 75 mph speed limit death rate: 1.38
    ID 1996 55/65 mph death rate 1.99 2011 with 75 mph speed limit death rate: 1.05 (Now 80 mph)
    KS 1996 55/65 mph death rate 1.89 2011 with 75 mph speed limit death rate: 1.29
    ME 1996 55/65 mph death rate 1.32 2011 with 75 mph speed limit death rate: .95
    MT 1996 55/65 mph death rate 2.12 2011 with 75 mph speed limit death rate: 1.79
    NE 1996 55/65 mph death rate 1.80 2011 with 75 mph speed limit death rate: .95
    NV 1996 55/65 mph death rate 2.18 2011 with 75 mph speed limit death rate: 1.02
    ND 1996 55/65 mph death rate 1.26 2011 with 75 mph speed limit death rate: 1.62
    OK 1996 55/65 mph death rate 1.96 2011 with 75 mph speed limit death rate: 1.47
    SD 1996 55/65 mph death rate 2.24 2011 with 75 mph speed limit death rate: 1.23
    TX 1996 55/65 mph death rate 2.02 2011 with 75 mph AND 80 MPH speed limit death rate: 1.27.
    UT 1996 55/65 mph death rate 1.64 2011 with 80 mph speed limit death rate: .92
    WY 1996 55/65 mph death rate 1.94 2011 with 75 mph speed limit death rate: 1.46 (Now 80 mph)

    Heck TX which has 70 mph limit on two lane roads, 75 mph limit on 4 lane roads, and 80 mph on rural interstates. had a 2011 death rate of 1.27.

    FL Death rate in 2011 was 1.25 (in 1994 it was 2.2). We got safe with 70 mph!

    Gov Scott SIGN THE BILL, 75 mph is SAFE! WE are talking a 5 mph increase!

    Raise the speed limit!

  2. Jake Says:

    Raise that speed limit so you can go faster to where…..? If I-95 got any faster (people exceed the limit now) it would be clogged with even more accidents. Ya see it isn’t the speed limit per say, it’s cutting in and out at a higher speed limit that causes accidents, not to mention texting and other distractions. In N C they continue to have Highway patrol in packs, not here, you NEVER see any patrolling of I-95 b c the chiefs in the cities don’t want to do it for it causes “more distractions” that is a quote from a friend chief of mine. So a higher rate of speed, yes, for the normal person, but for a vast number of people who drive are not responsible enough. I-95 is constantly being discussed and it has a bad reputation. Death rate, thank goodness, but accidents, PLENTY. The highways should be patrolled just for the cutting off other drivers and weaving in and out and playing race car driver to the danger of other drivers. Sick of it. More problems than just a speed limit looms. Most drivers don’t go the speed limit anyway, if it is 75 they will go 85-90…On side streets I will have people passing in a no-passing zone at a high rate of speed in a residential zone. People turn left from the right lane. Can’t hardly believe it. Thus did anyone notice that our insurance rates increase in South Florida, hmmmmmmm. No, Gov Scott do not raise that limit.

  3. Ted the Nimble Says:

    Raise it. I’d rather do 5 miles an hour more myself. As for the people that weave in and out of traffic…those Obama voters will continue to do it. I don’t need some liberal forcing their will on me and others because they think they know what’s best. The same people who brought you the bike lane. Let’s place a 10 lb bike inches away from 2,000 lb vehicles going 50 mph. Brilliant!

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