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?

Jason Bagley (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 02:33 PM
"Why not? If you've driven on any highway in CT in the last 10 years you know that people are driving that fast already," writes Jim McGuire on the Stratford Patch Facebook page. Adds Kristen Fitzgerald, "But if they up it to 75...then people will start driving 85. Human nature.." http://www.facebook.com/StratfordPatch
Theresa February 06, 2013 at 06:26 PM
No. 65 is fast enough. Individuals will drive at least 5-10 mph beyond the speed limit. I-95, with it's constant construction and repairs, will become an Autobahn. Our road workers and inexperienced drivers will be at risk.
Declan Prenty February 06, 2013 at 10:15 PM
65mph is fast enough would prefer if the Staties enforced the rules on erratic driving ie 'the weavers' and the 'too closers' would certainly make the roads much safer


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