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PA Senator proposes speed limit increase

Updated: Monday, October 14 2013, 05:17 PM CDT
Written by: Christina Butler

A top Pennsylvania legislator wants to increase the maximum speed limit on state highways.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati would like to see the limit increase  from 65 mph to 70 mph.
          
The Jefferson County Republican says the 70 mph limit will make traffic flow better and make the delivery of goods more efficient.  Pennsylvania has a statistically high level of trucking traffic through the state.

Steve Gar, a truck driver who travels the tri-state area says he supports the increase, but it wouldn't change his travel too much. "It's just adding 5 miles, so maybe it would save me a couple of minutes." He added, "Most truckers go 70 anyway."
          
Pennsylvania adopted the 65 mph speed limit in 1995.  Pat Kauffman says she doesn't see the need to alter it. "I think it works. I'm worried about gas consumption and safety on the road.  My husband says it is never safe to be slow, and I do get that,  but unfortunately it also seems that when we get quicker we also get more reckless."

Her husband Bill says he supports the increase but thinks that drivers should be forced to go through training. "It's people who get in the left lane and never go back, they tailgate, and they are overly aggressive."

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.
          
Scarnati is seeking cosponsors for the legislation. Pennsylvania adopted the 65 mph limit in 1995.
PA Senator proposes speed limit increase


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