Two Florida senators want to raise top speed limit to 75

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE - Two state senators want to increase speed limits on Florida's highways.

Under legislation proposed by Sens. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, the speed limit would increase from 70 mph to 75 mph on interstate highways, while limits would also rise by 5 mph on other roadways, including allowing 70 mph on some divided highways.

Brandes said 17 states now have limits above 70 mph, with Texas the highest at 85 mph.

According to their announcement, the increases would be allowed if traffic engineers determined that the road was safe enough for the higher speed.

Florida set the current limits in state law in 1996.

“My study of the research from the 17 other states that have already increased their speed limits above 70 miles per hour has led me to believe that it is time for Florida to review this statute,” Brandes said.

Clemens said: “Allowing professionals to determine safe speeds based on the engineering standards of individual highways is simply common sense. A five mile per hour increase is unlikely to have an impact on road safety, but we'll let the experts do their job.”

The current law caps speeds at 70 mph on interstates and 65 mph for highways with a divided median.

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