NC House defeats 75 mph speed limit study - WRBL

NC House defeats 75 mph speed limit study

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

An effort to raise the maximum speed limit on North Carolina highways to 75 mph reached a stop sign Thursday as the House voted down a proposal to direct a state agency to study the idea and offer roads on which to experiment.
    
The bill failed 44-64, one week after House members halted an earlier version of a Senate bill that would have authorized the state Department of Transportation to set a 75 mph on roads where safety and engineering allowed.
    
A House committee later endorsed an amended version directing the state Department of Transportation to study raising the 70 mph speed limit on some interstates and other roads. DOT would then report to a legislative oversight panel by next January and propose to four roads for a pilot project. The full General Assembly would still have had to approve the pilot, perhaps next spring.
    
Several legislators - many of whom opposed the original bill last week - railed against the scaled-down version Thursday. They said the study proposal was rushed and lacked details. They remained worried about safety and didn't see a good reason to consider raising the limit.
    
"I can't find one good thing out of raising the speed limit to 75," said Rep. Josh Dobson, R-McDowell.
    
"I keep asking myself what is the point? What is the point of going 5 mph faster?" added Rep. Harry Warren, R-Rowan.
    
Sixteen mostly Western states currently have maximum speed limits of 75 mph or higher, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In Maine, the only East Coast state with a 75 mph limit, one isolated interstate approaching the Canadian border now carries that posted speed.
    
The sponsor of the original bill, Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, said previously he wanted allow motorists to drive a little faster on uncongested roads without having to worry about getting a ticket. Others argued drivers already travel at speeds between 75 and 80 mph on roads with posted limits of 70.
    
Rep. Bill Brawley, R-Mecklenburg, who was shepherding the new version of the bill, pointed out that "it raises no limits and it sets no tests" that would mandate 75 mph road experiments. But the requirement that DOT propose up to four roads to the committee presupposed an outcome of the DOT study, said Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland.
    
Neither version of the bill identified possible roads that could have been raised to 75 mph, although lawmakers often referred to straight portions of Interstate 40 in eastern North Carolina as a possibility.
    
Thursday's defeat means the idea likely can't come up again for debate until 2015.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Marijuana group celebrates 4/20 with new Raleigh chapter

    Marijuana group celebrates 4/20 with new Raleigh chapter

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:27:43 GMT
    On this twentieth day of April, 4/20, some people in Raleigh are pushing for changes to the state's marijuana laws.The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, celebrated the unofficial weed holiday with some music in downtown Raleigh. The group re-opened a Raleigh chapter and it hopes to convince state lawmakers to follow the lead of Colorado and Washington in decriminalizing or even legalizing some pot possession.
    On this twentieth day of April, 4/20, some people in Raleigh are pushing for changes to the state's marijuana laws.The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, celebrated the unofficial weed holiday with some music in downtown Raleigh. The group re-opened a Raleigh chapter and it hopes to convince state lawmakers to follow the lead of Colorado and Washington in decriminalizing or even legalizing some pot possession.
  • McIntyre's retirement opens door for GOP in NC 7th

    McIntyre's retirement opens door for GOP in NC 7th

    Sunday, April 20 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-04-20 16:33:02 GMT
    Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre will retire after nine terms representing North Carolina's 7th Congressional district.Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre will retire after nine terms representing North Carolina's 7th Congressional district.
    With McIntyre announcing his retirement after nine terms representing North Carolina's 7th Congressional district, Rouzer is back on the ballo.    
    With McIntyre announcing his retirement after nine terms representing North Carolina's 7th Congressional district, Rouzer is back on the ballo.    
  • Hagan contrasts persona, GOP in NC Senate campaign

    Hagan contrasts persona, GOP in NC Senate campaign

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:51:50 GMT
    Kay Hagan's self-identification as a middle-of-the-road U.S. senator who fights for the middle class, among other groups, and responds effectively to constituent requests may sound trite coming from any politician's mouth seeking re-election.
    Kay Hagan's self-identification as a middle-of-the-road U.S. senator who fights for the middle class, among other groups, and responds effectively to constituent requests may sound trite coming from any politician's mouth seeking re-election.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.