Bill to raise Florida speed limit passes first hurdle - FOX 13 News

Bill to raise Florida speed limit passes first hurdle

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TALLAHASSEE (FOX 13) -

Florida is one step closer to living life in the fast lane.

A bill to raise the speed limit to 75 mph on some highways has been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Supporters of the bill say the goal is to improve traffic flow and safety, especially in rural parts of the state. But critics argue that a higher speed limit could send the wrong message to already reckless drivers.

"The highways of Florida are not the German Autobahn." said Senator Arthenia Joyner, a Democrat representing Tampa. "I think it's good where it is. I'm concerned about lives."

The house will debate the bill during a 60-day session beginning in March.

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