Bill to Increase Speed Limit Max to 75 MPH Passes Florida House

Categories: Road Rage

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There are two types of drivers in Florida: snow birds who drive 15 mph under the speed limit, and everyone else who pretty much ignores the speed limit.

Despite that, Florida still has a speed limit maximum of 70 mph. A bill to raise the limit to 75 mph in some areas narrowly passed the Florida House today. The bill has already passed in the Senate, but is headed back there for a final vote. After that it will wind up on Rick Scott's desk.

The law would not likely affect speed limits in South Florida's urban core. It would allow the Florida Department of Transportation to study stretches of road, most likely rural and less trafficked, where the speed limit could be raised. Think more Alligator Alley than southern I-95.

The bill passed 58-56, the closest margin of any bill this session. 39 of 45 Democrats and 17 Republicans voted "nay." It had passed 27-11 in the Senate.

The 70 mph speed maximum was set back in 1996. Only 16 other states allow speed limits of 75 mph or higher, and most of those are west of the Mississippi.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, detractors say that the bill could lead to more traffic fatalities. Supporters say it would simply give the FDOT more authority and options, and that the speed limit would not be raised on many roads.

The bill would also allow the speed limits to increase by 5 mph on other state roads where the current speed limit if capped at 60 or 65 mph.

In related news, Floridians will continue to blaze down isolated highways at 85 mph regardless of the law.

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37 comments
Ariana Hernandez Reguant
Ariana Hernandez Reguant

I suppose the new speed limit only applies to those who pay to drive on the 95. everyone else crowds three lanes that go 50 at the most.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Been driving 75 for years now, this is not news.

Natascha Adama
Natascha Adama

North Carolina style......80 or more.......average speed counts...so whats new?

Bob Horton
Bob Horton

I thought it was 75 already from what I see on Biscayne Boulevard.

Brian Rojas
Brian Rojas

Wait. I thought the speed limit was already 75.

Andrew Wyman
Andrew Wyman

75-80 is my limit. Not too people passing

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Oh no... Casualties galore in Dade county!!

Roberto Alba-Bustamante
Roberto Alba-Bustamante

About time! The speed limits on the highways were sometimes absolutely divorced from reality.

David Hualpa
David Hualpa

driving is a luxury taken for granted. Jacque fresco has an idea for this.

Michael Messerly
Michael Messerly

Nebraska does and let me tell you that its great! 3 wide on the interstate and things just flow better!

Chris Anthony
Chris Anthony

It's about time!!!! Now start ticketing heavy all those morons that drive slower then the speed limit, charge them just as high as if it were speeding and we will have safer roads!!!

Lucero McGlinchy
Lucero McGlinchy

The faster you go, the deadlier and more devastating the accident will be. Go ahead and give the prick drivers of Florida what they want - you'll only increase accident rates.

Barbara Guttman
Barbara Guttman

If people used their indicators.... didn't tailgate..... didn't pass in your blind spot.... It wouldn't be a problem.

Sotharith Bee Chhim
Sotharith Bee Chhim

The problem ..isnt with the speed limit. Its those self righteous A@$holes driving 55 in a passing lane. ..the. have an attitude when the passer gives them the stinkeye. Oh, least not forget throttle molly.. that speeds up when being passed. Increasing the limit will weed out some of the idiot drivers via darwinism

Chris Funk
Chris Funk

Dude... Doesn't everyone do a buck-20 on alligator alley?

Karina Trovato
Karina Trovato

"In related news, Floridians will continue to blaze down isolated highways at 85 mph "irregardless" of the law." lol

Richey Marous III
Richey Marous III

Everyone goes over 80 but atleast now I wont get any more speeding tickets for going 82 or 83 mph on i95 where its 70

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

More gas burned. Big oil loves this (that's why they spent millions lobbying for it). More death on the road, more pollution for our kids to breathe, more cancer hospitalizations. Yet another win for Wall Street.

Ariana Hernandez Reguant
Ariana Hernandez Reguant

now they should approve a bill for signs telling all the superslow drivers still stuck in the early 20th century to move to the right.

lfloriejr
lfloriejr

It is a law, they just don't care. 

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