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It also would make it less safe to drive at speeds that are actually safe



How could it possibly be a good idea to give the Department of Transportation the option to jack up the speed limit from 70 to 75 on Florida's major roadways?

"Many of us are already driving at that level," Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, sponsor of the bill, SB 392, told the Times' Steve Bousquet.

That's the argument? In the state with America's sixth-worst drivers? It should be legal to drive like idiots because we already do?

It's worth pointing out that eight of the 11 senators who voted against increasing the speed limit are women. Obviously.

(Some men have some sense too.)

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, said that because motorists generally drive 9 mph above the posted speed limit, the Legislature would be legalizing driving at 84 mph. "People are still going to go 9 miles above whatever the limit is," she said.

"The faster you allow people to drive, the faster they're going to go," said Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa. "Slow down, Senate. This is a safety issue. It's not funny."

"We're a tourist state. We want people to slow down, not speed up," said Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville.

Tourists, fine, blah, blah, blah. But what about the rest of us? The almost 20 million of us who have to live here?

[Last modified: Friday, April 25, 2014 8:25am]


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