St. Pete Senator Works To Increase Speed Limit

St.Pete_SpeedLimit_2013TALLAHASSEE — In what is becoming a battle of statistics, safe driving advocates are pushing back against a new proposal to raise Florida’s speed limits.

Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, announced Tuesday they’re working on a bipartisan bill to allow the maximum highway speed limit to rise to 75 mph.

Florida last increased the state speed limit to 70 mph in 1996.

The increase on a given stretch of highway would happen only if traffic engineers “determine that the roadway was safe enough for such a speed,” according to a statement.

Not so fast, said Russ Rader, spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which is funded by the insurance industry.


Source: TBO