Boosting the Speed Limit on Florida Roads

Florida didn’t adopt the 70 mile an hour speed limit on interstates until 1995. Last year nearly 900,000 speeding tickets were written across the state. Now, two lawmakers are proposing bumping the limit up to 75 on interstates. The higher speed is just fine with George Martens

We met George on his way from Orlando to Illinois.

“These cars today are made to go about ninety miles an hour, and have all sorts of items to avoid distraction,” said George.

Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. Danny Thomas worries motorists will start traveling faster than ever.

“Everybody’s doing eighty plus, so if you raise it to seventy-five, everybody will start doing eighty-five plus,” said Thomas.

At least fifteen states have higher speed limits than Florida’s. In Texas, you can legally go eighty-five on some roads.

The Department of Highway safety says the first thing they’re going to do is check with states that have raised the limit above 70 and ask how it’s working.

“What we’re going to do is reach out to the other states that have had this pass and see what their issue were and the successes with it,” said Capt. Nancy Rasmussen.

Trucker Dan Taylor is all for traveling faster because it’ll put more money in his pocket.

“I’m paid by the mile, so the more miles I can get out in a day and I can only drive for eleven hours, I make more money,” said Tucker.

Taylor is from Kansas where interstate speeds are already posted at 75.

State Senator Jeff Clemons, one of two sponsors of the high limit was quick to point out the higher limit would be on rural interstate and toll roads only. He also tells us motorists should be able to drive at whatever speed is safe.