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Speed Limit Bills Hit Legislative Roadblock in Kentucky

January 09, 2001

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A number of bills to raise the speed limit in Kentucky will likely go nowhere.

According to the Associated Press, Hubert Collins, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, is gearing up to oppose two bills that have already been filed to increase the speed limit on limited access interstates and parkways from 65 mph to 70 mph.
Collins, who stopped legislation in 2000 to increase the speed limits in the state, said some other proposals from the General Assembly would raise the limits for passenger vehicles, but not for trucks. Others would make some changes on four-lane roads that are not limited access, and one would place a uniform limit of 35 mph on residential and business streets.
The Kentucky State Police agree with Collins and are opposed to faster speed limits. Law enforcement authorities say unsafe speed was a factor in one-fourth of the fatal accidents in Kentucky in 1999.
According to a study conducted by the Kentucky Transportation Center at the University of Kentucky, most passenger vehicles travel at least 73 mph on rural interstates and parkways, and rigs with more than three axles averaged 69 mph.
The center has recommended increasing the speed limit to 70 mph on rural interstates with similar increases on some other roads for passenger vehicles, leaving truck limits at 65, AP said.

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