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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?

Skip Clapp February 06, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Of course it's a a joke, just do 65 in a 55 zone and people pass you going 70-75. ENFORCEMENT is the answer to current laws. NOT new laws. As for tolls, any representative of mine that votes tolls back will not ever get my vote again.
U Kidding Me February 06, 2013 at 05:37 PM
75 mph? That's just scary. Imagine the number of deaths that will occur! We are going to put so many lives at risk for what purpose? So commuters can get back home to their martini a little sooner? Let them take the train. Aren't we trying to encourage mass transit? You make the speed limit higher, you will discourage mass transit!
Winifred Brickmeier February 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM
That is not a good idea because so many people are going 75 mph now. Clearly not a good plan!!!!

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