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Should the CT State Speed Limit Be Upped to 75?

A state rep from Hartford is proposing just that, saying the current speed limit of 65 mph is 'a joke.'

 

As Connecticut legislators deliberate bringing back tolls to the state's highways, one lawmaker has another idea concerning those state roads: increase the statewide maximum speed limit from 65 to 75 mph.

State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez (D-Hartford), who proposed the legislation Monday, called the current speed limit "a joke" that Connecticut motorists are choosing to ignore, according to an Associated Press report published on CBSNew York.

Addressing the Connecticut General Assembly Transportation Committee, she argued that statistics support a decrease in accidents with a higher maximum speed limit, the AP reports. Some members countered saying the data might apply to larger, less dense populations than here in Connecticut.

Fifteen years ago Connecticut became the last state in the continential U.S. to pass legislation increasing the max speed limit from 55 to 65 mph, according to the AP.

Tell us what you think: Should the speed limit be upped to 75?

Rob February 05, 2013 at 04:04 PM
While I admittedly have a "heavy foot", I think most of us will drive "with the pack" and/or within 10mph above the posted speed limits on the highway. Given that premise, upping the state limit to 75mph will average a rate of close to 85mph for most of us. I can't imagine the horrific consequences of an accident at that high rate of speed... or "taking out" the innocents on the road when a speeding car loses control. The idea is pretty darn scary...
Don February 05, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Absolutely. Raise the limit. Especially between the Mass Pike and Hartford on I84. It will reduce traffic and congestion. Be vigilant and Increase ticketing for people driving in the left lane and aggressive driving.
Angela Tosti Flynn February 05, 2013 at 06:30 PM
You mean it isn't already? Silly me. Agree with Rob.
Mr D. February 05, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Most people tend to drive based on conditions. Given two lanes they'll feel comfortable in the 65-75 mph range. With 3 lanes most will drive 75-80 regardless of the speed limit. I say make it 75 on sections with 3 or more lanes, 65 with 2 lanes.

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