Oregon House Votes For Higher Speed Limits

July 15, 1999

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The Oregon House earlier this week approved a bill that would allow the state Department of Transportation to boost the current 65-mph speed limit to 75 on some rural interstates. Truck speed limits would rise to 70.

The bill, SB558, passed by a 31-26 vote. It's now in the hands of the Senate. The state DOT says its engineers have already identified parts of Interstate 84 and I-5 where the speed limit could be raised.
Supporters of the bill say that raising the speed limit won't cause more accidents, because people are already driving 75. Critics, however, say the higher limit will just prompt people to drive even faster than the new speed limit.

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