Spring Hill, Florida – A proposal that would increase the speed limit on Florida highways cleared its final committee Thursday and now heads to the Senate floor.
SB 932 would allow the Florida Department of Transportation to increase the speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour, while divided rural four lane highways would see the speed upped from 65 to 70 mph.
"I stick to 75-80 most of the time until I see a cop and then I slow down," said Darwin Coiner.
The Spring Hill resident who commutes to Hillsborough County for work using the Veterans Expressway said most drivers already travel five to ten miles faster than the posted speed limit.
"I think 70 is a little slow, especially when you're paying on a toll road. I think it should be a little quicker because everybody's got somewhere to go," Coiner said.
But organizations like AAA are opposed to the speed limit increase and have publicly asked lawmakers to vote against its approval.
"We're deeply concerned for the safety of Florida's roadway users with cars traveling at increasingly higher speeds on our interstates and other highways," said Kevin Bakewell, senior vice president, chief public affairs officer at AAA - The Auto Club Group.
"Based upon similar action in other states, this change in state law will likely result in more crashes, injuries and deaths on our highways," read part of a statement from AAA.
If the proposal were to become law, it would take effect on July 1, but right now a companion bill in the Florida House remains stuck in committee.