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Speed Limit Boost in Overdrive

A Florida Senate panel backed a bill Thursday that will raise the state’s maximum highway speed limit to 75 mph, according to The Tampa Tribune

The 6-1 Transportation committee vote faces opposition, including the AAA Auto Club. Tampa DemocratArtheniaJoyner says some Florida highway drivers already drive faster than the 70 mph limit; raising it would further jeopardize safety. Sponsors Sen. JeffBrandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, cite Florida’s decrease in driving deaths between 1996 and 2011. The bill would affect portions of highways that state traffic engineers evaluated as being safe for higher speeds.



State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg
State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg

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