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Thursday, March 16, 2017

House approves an increase in highway speed limits

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 5:09 PM

REV' EM UP: Rep. DeAnn Vaught is pressing for higher highway speed limits.
  • REV' EM UP: Rep. DeAnn Vaught is pressing for higher highway speed limits.
The House voted 93-0 today for a bill that could lead to increased speed limits — 75 miles per hour on freeways and 65 on other highways for cars, or 5 mph lower for big trucks.

The bill goes to the Senate.

The bill says the Highway Commission "may" make the changes after traffic and engineering studies by the highway department.

As originally written, the bill stripped highway speed control from the highway commission, a move of questionable constitutionality. It is now permissive (though broadly suggestive.) Is a constitutional crisis looming? The bill must pass the Senate first.

Lower speed limits conserve fuel and are safer, perhaps, but that's nanny state thinking.

Rep. DeAnn Vaught (R-Horatio) is the sponsor. If she drives as fast as she talks on the floor of the House, I'd bet she's out of compliance with existing limits.

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