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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 CBS New 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?

Eileen February 06, 2013 at 06:09 PM
"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joke" that Connecticut motorists are choosing to ignore," So is she saying since people "choose" to ignore a law, it's no longer valid? And what would be the purpose/benefit of upping the speed limit?
Bobby V February 07, 2013 at 05:33 PM
"And what would be the purpose/benefit of upping the speed limit?" It would jump start Connecticut's the funeral parlor business? What a scary thought, increasing the speed limit. How many kids have died in Ridgefield because of car accidents? How many accidents happen each week on the "new and improved" Route 7? And someone wants to increase the speed limit? That's just scary.

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