Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Increase Speed Limit

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    NEWSLETTERS

    There might be some relief for those who can't keep to the speed limit of 65 mph.

    A state lawmaker from Hartford is pushing to increase Connecticut's maximum speed limit on state highways to 75 mph.

    Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, a Democrat, has proposed a bill that increases the limit and also increases fines for speeding violations by 15 percent.

    The proposal also recommends that anyone driving speeds of 90 miles per hour would constitute reckless driving.

    The General Assembly's Transportation Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on the proposal during a public hearing on Monday morning at the Legislative Office Building.

    In 1998, Connecticut became the last state in the continental U.S. to increase the maximum speed limit on state highways from 55 mph to 65 mph.

    At the time, critics of the speed limit increase warned it would lead to more fatal crashes, but advocates said the new limit was more realistic.

    The maximum posted speed limit is 75 on urban interstates in Idaho, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas,  according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.