House clears way for 75 mph speed limit

Mississippi motorists may be able to drive 75 miles per hour – legally – before too long.

On Tuesday, the state House passed legislation 115-5 to give the three-member, elected Transportation Commission the authority to raise the speed limit to 75 miles per hour.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

“The commission would have to take a look at it with its engineers to determine the safety of going from 70 to 75,” said Rep. Johnny Stringer, D-Montrose, author of the legislation. “Some areas might stay 70.”

Stringer said federal law no longer withholds federal funds from a state for increasing the speed limit above 70. He said 16 states have already have increased the speed limit with Texas increasing it to 85 miles per hour in some areas.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
2/6/13