Nov 13

Will Car Accidents Increase if Speed Limit is Raised to 75 mph?

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Car accidents happen at any speed, but if two Florida senators get their bill passed, the car accidents could happen at speeds of 75 miles per hour on Florida roads.

According to Fox 13 News, Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, announced Tuesday they’re working on a bipartisan bill to allow the maximum interstate speed limit to rise to 75 mph. In addition, if the bill passes, four lane divided highways outside of urban areas would go from 65 mph to 70 mph and state roads would be 65 mph from 60 mph.

The bill would state that the increase in speed would only happen if traffic engineers “determine that the roadway was safe enough for such a speed,” according to a statement.

The bill has its opponents already. A spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states “There’s no question that raising speed limits is politically popular, but there is always a safety trade off,” he said. “Higher speeds make a crash more likely because it takes longer to stop or slow down. And the crashes that happen are more likely to be deadly.”

According to MySuncoast.com, Al Danko, an instructor with Ault’s driving school also opposes the bill. “We aren’t race car drivers. You are going to have tire problems and then you will have blow outs. People roll in their cars. It’s just a matter of time. We aren’t ready for this,” said Danko.

If the legislation passes, the Florida Department of Transportation will have the final say on which interstates, highways and roads will be able to have the speed limit increase.

What do you think? Will automobile accidents increase if the speed increases? If the speed limit is raised to 75 mph, how fast do you think drivers will actually drive on the interstate?

Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.

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