Posted speed limits on I-95 and other Florida interstate highways could increase from 65 to 75, if legislation introduced in the Florida legislature by Florida Senator Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) passes.
Senate Bill 392 would allow the Department of Transportation to raise the maximum allowable speed limit on certain highways like Interstate 95 that are part of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways and have at least four lanes.
There are critics on both sides of the proposed speed limit changes.
Senator Clemens claims that drivers are already traveling at speeds in excess of the posted speed limits, and does not anticipate any increase in the number of accidents. Others fear that any increase in speed limits will result in increased accidents.
Speeding is the third leading contributing factor in traffic crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the likelihood of being severely injured or killed in a crash increases with vehicle speeds.
The www.FLPIPGuide.com reported in a December 27post that Florida Ranks #6 in Worst Drivers Nationally. As mentioned in that article, auto insurance premiums tend to increase as safe driving habits decline in a state. Florida ranks among the top 10 most expensive states for car insurance, at #10, according to a 2012 article in the Palm Beach Post.
SB 392 is scheduled for at least one more vote in the Florida Senate before moving on to the House. If passed, the law would take effect on July 1, 2014.
Click on the link to read the proposed bill on Florida speed limits.
Click on the link to read a fact sheet on speed and safety published by the National Safety Council.