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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 CBSNew 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?

James Taradine February 06, 2013 at 02:12 PM
There are very few roads in Connecticut that can support speeds of 75. Why do we want to raise the limit when speeding has always been the leading cause of auto deaths nation wide. Jim T
Leah Salomoni (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 06:46 PM
"No way. People already go that fast. If it was raised to 75 people would be going 100." - Alisha Kling "It'a ridiculous. This is not the midwest or desert where there are hundreds of miles of open road and no traffic. We have snow, ice, congestion on the roads, exits that are in many cases less than a mile apart with short on and off ramps. The state would lose revenue from speeding tickets. Death rates may have reduced in other states, but their congested areas are minimal compared to here. In a state where we changed laws to protect the high speed deaths of young drivers do we now want to allow this? Who is the idiot who suggested this? I think we have more important things to deal with in our state. By the way, when do we finally get toll booths back so we can collect what other states do when we are in their states? CT is the gateway to New England and anyone heading north needs to pass through here. Shouldn't there be some kind of tolls put back on the road? The only reason they were removed is because the government was going to withhold funding but I don't see the other states removing them. This whole subject is ridiculous." -Kathy Moran "There's an unwritten grace period of 15 mph, meaning that you can go up to 70 in a 55 and up to 80 in a 65 zone without getting a ticket, and the highways are not designed for speeds higher than that." - Teresa Gallagher Comments transferred from www.facebook.com/SheltonPatch)
Leah Salomoni (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 06:47 PM
"Our roads are way too congested for 65 never mind 75. What ever happpened to energy conservation?Spead over 55 use/waste more gas." - Carol Pendagast "Well just saying ppl driving faster are more responsive and pay more attn. The german autobahn is around 11000kilometers long and more than half of it has no speed limit in 2006 the death rate was 27% lower (0.59 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled versus 0.81 for the us interstates) the average speed ppl do on the autobahn is 130kmh 15% are traveling 155kmh or faster they have more training and you have to be 18 the left lane should be used for passing middle for travel and right for slow/exiting just saying if ppl knew how to really drive there'd be a whole lot less accidents so I feel it would be better ... I feel their should be a whole lot more ppl need todo to get their ls and the states should require more training" - Bryan Ostrowski (Comments transferred from www.facebook.com/SheltonPatch)
Susan February 06, 2013 at 08:16 PM
It doesn't really matter what the legal speed limit is - drivers just go as fast as they want no matter what the speed limit is for that road.

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