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An effort that was detoured in the House to raise the speed limit on some North Carolina roads to 75 mph may be restarted in the form of a study. An effort that was detoured in the House to raise the speed limit on some North Carolina roads to 75 mph may be restarted in the form of a study.
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Detoured 75 MPH NC Bill Revived As Study
June 25, 2013

An effort that was detoured in the House to raise the speed limit on some North Carolina roads to 75 mph may be restarted in the form of a study.

A divided House Transportation Committee voted Tuesday in favor of directing the Department of Transportation to study raising the current 70 mph maximum speed limit on some interstates and limited-access highways. The bill would direct DOT to develop a pilot for up to four roads but first report to a legislative oversight committee by January about their plans.

The Senate passed a bill giving DOT the green light to raise limits where it made sense. The bill returned to committee last week after several legislators opposed the idea in floor debate, worried it would lead to more traffic deaths.

NC House Sends Speed Limit Hike Back To Committee
June 18, 2013

A bill opening the door to 75 mph speed limits on some highways in North Carolina has been sent back to a House committee for more work.

The House debated the measure Thursday but decided to return it to the Transportation Committee instead of taking a vote. The Senate already passed the bill, which would allow the Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit from 70 to 75 on highways and interstates if studies proved the change was safe.

The bill was criticized on the floor from members of both parties. They said it serves no real purpose and would lead to an increase in deaths.

Supporters say changes would come only after careful consideration by traffic engineers.

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