NC roads could reach 75 mph in Senate bill

  • Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:21 p.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:37 p.m.

RALEIGH (AP) — A legislative proposal to allow speed limits of 75 miles per hour on some North Carolina roads is barreling through the state Senate.

The Senate Transportation Committee quickly passed legislation Wednesday giving the state Department of Transportation authority to set speed limits that high for interstates and other controlled access highways. The current limit is 70 mph.

Bill sponsor Sen. Neal Hunt of Raleigh says he wants to give drivers the opportunity to travel more quickly in light traffic areas without getting a ticket. He envisions Interstate 40 between Raleigh and Wilmington as a candidate.

The bill was just filed last week and now heads to the full Senate.

AAA Carolinas motor club spokesman Tom Crosby raised several concerns, saying speed is a contributing factor in one-third of traffic fatalities.

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