Top lawmaker wants to allow higher speed limits in PA

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 11, 2013 1:27 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A leading state senator says it's time to increase Pennsylvania's maximum allowable speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati says he will introduce legislation soon to allow the higher maximum speeds on interstates.

The Jefferson County Republican says the 70 mph limit will make traffic move better and make the delivery of goods more efficient.

Scarnati says 34 states allow at least 70 mph, and 16 of those states cap speeds at 75 mph.

His proposal wouldn't mandate the higher speed limit.

Speeds wouldn't be increased without justification by highway department studies.

Pennsylvania adopted the 65 mph limit in 1995.

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  • carliseresident img 2013-10-11 15:53

    Absolutely not for two important reasons:
    Safety. I don't think anyone can dispute the fact that the higher the speeds, the more horrific the end results of accidents. And accidents are inevitable on the road. Cumberland County has more than its share of trucks which makes cautious driving paramount. And if we don't stop the dangerous habit of using the phone or texting, while driving, well need I continue.
    The second reason is gas mileage. We save more the slower we go. Sixty five is the optimum speed of hybrids and so it stands to reason that it makes sense in all cars.

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