Should the CT State Speed Limit Be Upped to 75?

A state rep from Hartford is proposing just that, saying the current speed limit of 65 mph is 'a joke.'

As Connecticut legislators deliberate bringing back tolls to the state's highways, one lawmaker has another idea concerning those state roads: increase the statewide maximum speed limit from 65 to 75 mph.  

State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez (D-Hartford), who proposed the legislation Monday, called the current speed limit "a joke" that Connecticut motorists are choosing to ignore, according to an Associated Press report published on CBSNew York.

Addressing the Connecticut General Assembly Transportation Committee, she argued that statistics support a decrease in accidents with a higher maximum speed limit, the AP reports. Some members countered saying the data might apply to larger, less dense populations than here in Connecticut.

Fifteen years ago Connecticut became the last state in the continential U.S. to pass legislation increasing the max speed limit from 55 to 65 mph, according to the AP.

Tell us what you think: Should the speed limit be upped to 75?

Jim Flynn February 05, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Just what we need. Poorly maintained trucks doing 75 on 95 and our other interstate highways. No thanks.
Jim Sullivan February 05, 2013 at 05:59 PM
75mph = autobahn, so keep it where it is. Use the funds collected from speeding tix to purchase a system that IDs text messages sent from moving objects. If it can't be ruled out as a bus, tack $25 onto their phone bill for each offense, $5 going to the phone company for developing and managing the application. If the offender says they were in the passenger seat, tough, you should have made a hands-free phone call.
Igor February 05, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Ms.Gonzalez aren't there enough accidents at the current speeds? What you propose is just plain idiotic. With your logic, anything that people choose to ignore should be within the law. Smoking crack, heroin, speeding. Everything is up for grabs, if you don't like it ignore it. I can't believe someone who was elected would even consider this, especially for that reason.
G. February 05, 2013 at 08:19 PM
The state cannot even stop the "cell phone use" - how will they ever stop the speed limit - I go the limit to about 60 on the Merritt = and people pass me by as if I am standing still - do not see anyone doing anything about this - so if I am going the speed limit and the state want's to raise it - where is the protection for the people following the local/state road rules!!!!
amelia ward February 06, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Should the speed limit be raised to 75 in CT? - in a word - No! The existing speed limit is typically 55-65, however, the 'norm' is usually 70. What will the new norm be if it becomes legal to drive at 75 mph? Add a 75 mph speed limit to the winding, narrow roads Connecticut is famous for ( part of our New England charm?) and the severe traffic congestion on our roads now and I think you have a prescription for disaster.


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