Florida's New 75 MPH Speed Limits Are Closer To Becoming Reality

Categories: Road Rage

photo by Juliancoltron via Wikimedia Commons
Do you often find yourself cruising Miami's highways and thinking to yourself, "I really, truly wish that everyone on this road would drive even faster"?

If so, you are a maniac probably bent on your own fiery death, and you are also in luck. Because Florida's legislature looks just about ready to approve 75 mile-per-hour speed limits on state highways.

A bill that would raise highway limits by 5 mph passed its final Senate committee yesterday and now heads for a vote on the floor.

SB 392's sponsor, St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brades, says the measure makes sense because people routinely break the 70 mph speed limit anyway.

"In certain areas of the state it will better reflect how drivers are actually using the roads, and therefore make it safer because you won't have the variability between minimum speeds and maximum speeds," Brandes tells the Herald.

It's not too difficult to pick that reasoning apart. Anyone with a basic understanding of American highways knows that the speed limit mostly serves as a warning not to go more than 10 mph over that posted number unless you want a ticket. Raising the limit to 75 would simply means more bros in Beemers weaving through mid-morning traffic at a hair under 85 mph.

Also, don't forget that Florida's roads are choked with Rhodes Scholars like these two, who engaged in a filmed game of chicken with a delightful ending in Tampa earlier this week:

Appropriations Committee members passed the bill 15-4 yesterday; it now heads for a Senate-wide vote.

(H/T to Random Pixels.)

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escobar442
escobar442

about time, those speed limits were invented decades years ago when cars sucked.


modern vehicles have improved significantly and 75+ is no problem, just look at europe for proof.

Matt Burch
Matt Burch

You know how dangerous this will make it for women to post pictures of a drink from Starbucks on Instagram if people are passing them at 75mph?

Matthew Lee
Matthew Lee

Should be higher. Remember, it's supposed to be a max, not a target. If the sign reads 75, you're still allowed to go 65 if you want. (Just stay in the right lane.) People will drive whatever they think is a reasonable speed, regardless of posted signs. I pity those who want more rules and restrictions because they feel they can't control themselves. Some people here are even asking for more highway patrol! If you don't want to drive 75, then don't!

Mercedes Jenes Copeland
Mercedes Jenes Copeland

They first need to outlaw all cellphone use while driving in the state of Florida. Florida is NOT READY

Patricia L Watt
Patricia L Watt

sure all will try Tailgating @ 75mph! waste of petrol, life & limb. yee haw!

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

the worst drivers are the cubans, they will be dropping like flies if they rise the speed limit

Gilda Scott
Gilda Scott

No they already drive like a donke y

Omar Becerra
Omar Becerra

hell yeah, anyone afraid, just don't use the highway, go with grandma'

Tam My
Tam My

This is so irresponsible. I don't think Clemens or Brandes realize the consequences of this bill becoming law. I 95 in Florida is the most dangerous highway in the country and I 4 is number 3.. Speeding, Tailgating, changing lanes with out signaling and drinking while intoxicated are major problems on Fl roadways.

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

no! too many assholes are on their phones while they drive.

Eddy Gugliotta
Eddy Gugliotta

Yes, anyway, that´s the the Facto speed limit... so, just increase it.

Julie Pitruzzello
Julie Pitruzzello

No! No! No! So that all the idiots that are speeding already can go even faster and there can be more accidents?? Stupid!

Kenn Gambe
Kenn Gambe

since it looks like they don't plan on expanding public transportation anytime soon then yes and immediately

Sharon Wilson Dass
Sharon Wilson Dass

with all those super cars on the road that go from 0-60 in 5 seconds this is a bummer!

Elliott Starks
Elliott Starks

So you raise the speed limit at the same time that gas prices are rising. Hmmmm...

Brad Guyton
Brad Guyton

The sign maker must need money or is friends with someone and gets a kick back

Driver1
Driver1

Yes, SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT would be HUGE for safety as differing traffic speeds with lane changes are a bigger safety risk than the speed. People in South Florida don't seem to know this. Where are the signs to remind people?

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

OH NO, THE SKY IS FALLING!  5 MPH SPEED LIMIT INCREASE ON A HANDFUL OF HIGHWAY STRETCHES!!!

Gregory Maestre
Gregory Maestre

Yes. For those of us that do drive out of the city periodically can do so with urgency.

Crystal Gi
Crystal Gi

People will speed regardless, there needs to be more enforcement of those that can not grasp the concept of the passing lane.

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

Raise the speed limit to 75.... So people who suck at driving to begin with can go 100... While texting... In the state with the worst drivers.... What could go wrong?

roger.jolly13
roger.jolly13

What's needed is a KEEP RIGHT, PASS LEFT law.  That would make the biggest difference...

John Woodward
John Woodward

In Miami, if you say 75 now, they will drive 90.

Kelly Nichole Silver
Kelly Nichole Silver

Can we please communicate this to all the snowbirds. They do 45 over the skyway.

Ricci Knighten
Ricci Knighten

I hope they pass the Move Over law. That would make the biggest difference on the highways.

Victor Dominguez
Victor Dominguez

Also, it's about high time they make it legal to weld machine guns to the hoods of cars. If cutoff, the mechanism is enabled and we can unload like 2-3 rounds on the perpetrator.

Anyelina Pérez
Anyelina Pérez

Start reinforcing and pulling over Haitians that drive like 40 miles per hour slowing down the traffic flow!

Jaime Danger
Jaime Danger

You can't reach 75 with all the traffic!

Rogelio Madan
Rogelio Madan

Only if they raise the minimum speed and reinforce the slower traffic keep right requirement.

Howard Green Montaque
Howard Green Montaque

With so many people clogging up the passing lanes its to the point where the right lane is the passing lane.

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

Louis Wing
Louis Wing

I don't think anyone goes the speed limit here anyways...

Brandon Agosto
Brandon Agosto

What good does this do when every part of Miami is congested with traffic?

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Its not like they were driving the speed limit in the first place.

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