The 70 mph speed maximum was set back in 1996. Only 16 other states allow speed limits of 75 mph or higher, and most of those are west of the Mississippi.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, detractors say that the bill could lead to more traffic fatalities. Supporters say it would simply give the FDOT more authority and options, and that the speed limit would not be raised on many roads.
The bill would also allow the speed limits to increase by 5 mph on other state roads where the current speed limit if capped at 60 or 65 mph.
In related news, Floridians will continue to blaze down isolated highways at 85 mph regardless of the law.
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