WUFT News

Florida Bill Could Raise Speed Limit on Interstates, Highways

By on November 15th, 2013

If 70 miles per hour seems fast, then you better buckle up.

Florida’s speed limits could increase with a new bill that would allow the state to raise the speed limit on some interstates and highways by five miles per hour.

The bill, proposed by Sens. Jeff Brandes and Jeff Clemens, is leaving some law enforcement wary about the possible changes.

Art Forgey, the public information officer of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, said the possible speed limit increase could add to the severity of crashes.

“Personally, and to us in law enforcement, traffic crashes out on the interstate are typically pretty big crashes based on the speed,” he said. “So you add five more miles an hour to it and obviously the severity of the crashes are probably going to be more.”

A study found when interstate speeds climbed to 70 miles per hour in 1996, there was a 3 percent increase in road fatalities.

Charles Dick, a frequent traveler, said he understands the danger that comes with driving faster.

“You might save lives if you hold it to 70,” he said. “But you might get home a little quicker if you go 75, so you know, I would hold it at 70. That would be my opinion.”

Despite the possible safety concerns, many motorists support raising the speed limit.

Steven Weinberger said he supports the increase as long as it’s safe.

“The faster I get somewhere the better, as long as it’s safe, and I don’t really think raising 5 miles an hour is going to change the safety of it,” he said. “I pretty much think everybody travels faster than that anyway.”

The idea of the bill is to change speed limits on interstates and some highways to reflect the way most people are already driving.

Forgey said he thinks people will continue to push the speed limit boundaries.

“I think no matter what you set it at, people are going to figure out the limit that they can push it at and that’s what they’re going to drive,” he said. “So if you set it at 75 and people think they can get away with going 80, they’re going to go 80.”


This entry was posted in Florida and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

First Magnitude Brewing Company in Gainesville fills growlers in the 32-ounce size (left) and the gallon size (right). A longstanding ban on the popular 64-ounce growler prevents Florida craft breweries from filling or selling containers of that size.

Lawmakers Pass Bill To Aid Craft Brewers, End Growler War

Senate Bill 186 could end a long war between craft brewers and big beverage distributors over regulation of beer sales. The bill lifts the problematic requirement that craft breweries operate as tourist attractions and allows the breweries to sell beer in the popular 64-ounce, refillable “growler.”


The FSU Veterans Center is pushing for a bill to allow student veterans to pay in-state tuition. The attention their cause has received nationwide has given them hope they may succeed this year.

Bill Passed To Let Child Rape Victims Record Attackers

The Florida Legislature is sending Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would let children who are victims or potential victims of rape and other violent acts secretly record their attackers. The bill applies to victims who are under the age of 18.


bell7

Abortion Waiting Period Bill Goes To Florida Governor

A bill to require a 24-hour waiting period for abortions is headed to Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. The Senate voted 26-13 for the measure Friday after about an hour of debate.


The Alachua County Clerk of Court, located at 201 East University Ave., remained closed Saturday, April 18 during Operation Green Light. Assistant Clerk of Court Edward Stiles said that it would be too expensive to remain open for the promotion.

Waived Fees Help Drivers Save Money On Traffic Citations

As an effort to help traffic violators pay off citations, Clerks in the state of Florida initiated the money saving opportunity Operation Green Light. On Saturday, Alachua County hosted the promotion to waive fees to help residents cut the cost on paying off their citations.


Screen Shot

UF Students Welcome Bill Proposing Tax-Free Textbooks

A new law in Florida could help students save money on expensive textbooks. The bill looks to eliminate the sales tax from textbooks to give students a break on the hundreds they already spend on required texts.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments