Florida’s Speed Limits

Mon, Apr 7, 2014

General Legal Issues

Some rights reserved by faulWhat do you think about Florida’s speed limits? Think they need to be lower? Hope not, because there is talk that the limits might be raised.

The news-press.com reports that the Florida legislature is talking over a bill that would raise Florida’s speed limits. They say that there would be a 75 mph speed limit on interstate highways” and that “the measures would allow the Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit on interstate and limited access highways from 70 to 75 mph, from 65 to 70 mph on rural, four-lane divided highways and up to 65 mph on other roads.”

Of course, there are many who feel that raising the speed limit is a bad idea, because of safety issues. And according to this article, “the speed limit now is essentially 75 mph because the state only allows for warnings and not fines for the first five miles per hour above the speed limit.”

There was once a national speed limit, but that was revoked in 1995. When this national speed limit was first active, it capped speeds at 55 miles per hour—but then the law was slowly changed until it was abolished.

This link leads you to motorists.org, who has a chart showing typical speeds limits throughout the United States. Florida’s is pretty even with many states, and there are some with higher limits than Florida’s current one.

It seems Florida is not the only one talking about changing speed limits. Texas is also considering it according to The Dallas Morning News, with some similar support and opposition as Florida is seeing.

Attorney Christopher D. Smith is a Lakewood Ranch, Florida attorney with SmithLaw Attorneys. He concentrates in bankruptcy, civil litigation, probate, estate planning, and elder exploitation cases in the Sarasota and Bradenton area. Call 941-907-4774 to learn more and to ask about our free consultations.

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