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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?

Arek Wenta February 06, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Yes, I think it's about time. Today's cars can safely handle the speed. As anyone who travels on our highways knows, 80mph is the norm. The statistics about lower accidents in higher speed zones is across the board not just out in the middle of nowhere. But I also think there should be limits for new drivers. It's no surprise we were last the first time and I don't expect anything less this time around.
Arek Wenta February 06, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Also the speed limits in the congested parts of our highways range from 45-55. And 80 is still the norm in those areas. As are speed traps. Just to be clear, I may be coming off as a speeder but actually I'm not. So this would be especially beneficial for people like me who avoid speeding tickets by not doing it.
E Twig February 06, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Let see, on rte 8 down to Bpt. the speed limit is 55mph and people do 75 t0 80 on it. So if the speed limit is 75 add another 20 mph and the people will doing close to 100 mph and talking on their cell phone.
anna f February 06, 2013 at 11:42 PM
No, too dangerous.
Carol February 09, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Rt. 8 should be upped to 60 mph, since everyone goes faster than the 55. Rt. 84 can be upped to 70, but that is only on certain parts of the highway. In the cities it should be what it is.

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