NC House looks at raising maximum speed limit to 75 mph
RALEIGH, NC (ABC11.com) — A bill to raise the maximum possible speed limit on North Carolina roads to 75 miles per hour that raced through the state Senate was to be taken up by the House on Tuesday.
In April, the Senate voted 45-1 to give the state Department of Transportation authority to set speed limits that high – up from the current 70 mph cap – for some interstates and other limited-access highways. Sixteen states already have speed limits of 75 mph or higher – but none on the highly populated East Coast.
Bill sponsor Sen. Neal Hunt. R-Wake said he wanted to give motorists the ability to drive a little faster on uncongested roads without having to worry about getting a ticket. DOT would retain decision-making on setting a "reasonable and safe speed limit" based of engineering and traffic levels.
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