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Momentum builds for faster speed limits

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For drivers like Steve Henshaw, speed limits topping out at 75 are no-brainers.

"I don't do 70, I do 75 because anyone else is," he said.

But then there are drivers like Cecilia Blackmon, who say "slow down a minute."

"If they put it to 75, they're going to go 90, and there comes death," she said.

Those are two of the more common arguments when it comes to raising Florida's speed limits.

A bill that would allow them to go up above 70 has been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. That means it's over one speed bump on the road to becoming reality.

State Senator Jeff Brandes is one of the lawmakers behind it.

"Many drivers currently ignore speed limits. They don't consider it reasonable. I believe speed limits match road conditions, and motorist behavior will restore respect for the law and increase compliance," Brandes said.

The bill still faces challenges ahead from opponents like Senator Arthenia Joyner.

"The highways of Florida are not the German Autobahn. I just think it's good where it is. I'm concerned about lives," Joyner said.

The state's last speed limit increase was back in 1996. Brandes says his bill doesn't actually raise the limit, it allows traffic engineers to do it where they see fit. Tampa driver Delorian White is ok with that.

"I think it's a good idea. It'll help traffic move faster," he said.

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