News Release: Florida Senate
Tallahassee, FL- Today the Senate passed Senate Bill 392 State Speed Zones with strong bipartisan support. The bill, jointly introduced by Senators Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth), will allow the Florida Department of Transportation to raise speed limits on certain roadways by 5 miles per hour, raising the maximum allowable speed on interstate highways to 75 miles per hour.
“Florida will now join over a dozen other states that have granted their traffic engineers additional flexibility in adjusting speed limits to better reflect actual driving behavior,” stated Senator Brandes. “I am proud to have worked across the aisle on this bipartisan proposal and I look forward to working with our colleagues in the House to ensure final passage.”
“This bill replaces myth and politics with facts and science,” Senator Clemens said. “Speed limits should be set by sound engineering practices not by the whims of politicians.”
“The National Motorists Association supports the efforts of Senators Brandes and Clemens to ensure that Florida’s interstate highways are as safe as possible,” stated John Bowman, Communications Director for the National Motorists Association. “Senate Bill 392 represents sound public policy for Florida’s 15.4 million drivers. The proper setting of speed limits facilitated by the bill will even out traffic flow, reduce conflicts among vehicles and reduce accidents on Florida’s highways.”
State law establishes varying speed limits on different types of roadways. The current limits are 70 miles per hour for interstates, 65 miles per hour for highways with a divided median, and 60 miles per hour for other roadways that the Florida Department of Transportation oversee. The Brandes-Clemens bill proposes to increase these limits by 5 miles per hour. The highest speed limits in the nation are currently in Texas, which allows up to 85 miles per hour on certain roads, and Utah’s 80 mile per hour speed limit.
For more information on SB 392 please visit www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0392