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For the first time since 1996, the Florida legislature is looking at a proposal to increase the speed limit on certain highways to 75 miles per hour. The proposed bipartisan bill would direct the Florida Department of Transportation to evaluate safe minimum and maximum speed limits on all divided highways with at least four lanes. Senator Jeff Brandes, one of the bill’s sponsors, noted that most people are already driving this fast, and that the proposal would move the law into line with current conditions. Concerns about an increase in auto accidents are on the minds of those opposed to the new limit.
If you have been injured on the Florida highways, please contact the law firm of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter or call 407-712-7300 today to schedule a free consultation.
While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has indicated that fatalities on US highways have decreased consistently since 1996, the fatality rates are higher in states that have already adopted the 75 mile per hour limit. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety points to reduced reaction time and greater severity of injuries that correspond to higher speeds.
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