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 CBS New 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?

Steven DeVaux February 06, 2013 at 12:45 PM
There is no need for a speed limit, period. If people want to kill themselves with a car instead of a gun, so be it....have at it. Speed limits are merely a method used to raise money for government. If they were really concerned about safety, they would pass a law mandating bikers wear helmets. They haven't and won't. They talk out of both sides of their mouth.
Mary Davis February 06, 2013 at 12:57 PM
I'd imagine since many of our roads used to be cow paths, there is a calculated maximum speed that could be allowed. Many go 75 already without a problem... Its hard to imagine that these sections would be very long, its not like in Europe where the roads were built straight and wide and designed for stretches of unlimited speed. I think doing what makes common sense for a particular road should be allowed... we don't always have to make everything so bureaucratic. I don't know that a bunch politicians are the best judges of road design or engineering.
Ken February 06, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I am hoping this is one of your subtle but humorous types of jokes regarding speed limits. What about the risk a speeding driver could pose to other drivers on the road? If that driver looses control of his car you could be the unfortunate car in the vicinity of this driver. Haven't you ever been on the highway and felt your stomach roil as a speeding driver passes you, cuts back in front of you and then cuts across two lanes to pass another vehichle? Of course there need to be speed limits. Data also clearly shows that higher speeds DO result in more frequent and more serious crash damage. It's basic physics when it comes to more damage as a result of higher momentum.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 06, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Is 75 mph safe for American drivers? http://www.ibiblio.org/rdu/a-slmatr.html Just some food for thought. I say raise it to 80, but that's just me. It doesn't mean you have to go 80, it just means others can. The speed that you travel legally is still your choice, and you must be prepared to be held accountable to that.
Jack Dillon February 06, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I oppose any increase in the speed limit. Most drivers go that fast anyway . If the law goes into effect drivers will hit 85+ speeds. I doubt many can handle that speed when road conditions detiorate. More deadly accidents will be the outcome of this speed increase.
Ralph T February 06, 2013 at 06:54 PM
A long debated issue for sure. First, it's all about money. A day in the court house is all you need to see the tens of thousands they collect in a packed session. Second, it's job security for all. The cost and amount of manpower needed to radar , lazer and speed check from aircraft is ridiculous. So they sell you on the safety aspect of it all. Ya, sure. They should get out there for those uncovered unsecured loads, those tailgaters, those lane weavers and our new generation of texters and PDA users that are causing fatal accidents daily. Speeding is not causing the majority of highway accidents and never has. As I've said for over 40 driving years....If you wanted to stop speeding in its tracks you take two cruisers, station them say, ten miles apart. Both going in the same direction they drive 55. Now no one is going to pass them. If they do it's a 500.00 fine. That's it. Plain and simple. They travel a fifty mile track (or whatever) get off, get back on going in the opposite direction. The resources to adopt this strategy are minimal to say the least compared to what they're doing. And they could have four cruisers going, or six, constantly or randomly. Then they'd make a lot less money but they would accomplish what (they say) they want, everyone going 55. It's not rocket science. People are doing 75 already and baloney to the thought if they're doing 75 now if you raise it they'll be doing 90. Please. I say raise it and concentrate on other traffic enforcement areas.
Ralph T February 06, 2013 at 09:30 PM
And ABSOLUTELY NOT to the toll idea. !!! Talk about a step backward. Unless your going to do it like jersey with booths on the exit/entrance ramps you'll just be going back to the death traps and traffic back ups, and local traffic increases around toll zones. Problems of yesteryear that where eliminated with their removal. Why would we go back? Oh , I guess it's been a while and most of us have forgot, and the rest of the driving demographic hasn't had the pleasure of experiencing. Really? I can't believe it's even a consideration. Don't give me the we need the funds talk. With the 20-30 pocket money sucking lottery games, instant scratch off and other you mean to tell me you can't find the funds?! Please, who's making these decisions? And why are we letting them? You know there's a lot of screwed up things happening nowadays and some way more important than others but stupidity has no place in the decision making process. Oh, lets try something we know what the end result is. Although its not really going to get us where we want to be, at least it'll look like we're trying! By time it comes up again it'll be somebody else's problem. Meanwhile we can squander millions and millions of taxpayer dollars over the course of the next ten years building those tolls and buying the needed electronics and hiring people for project that shouldn't ever be on the table. Once again I have to say....REALLY? Come on state reps, do the job we hired you for. Fix things by going forward.
Rob Gianazza February 06, 2013 at 11:35 PM
So much for freedom and individual responsibility. Who's all talk? I wear a helmet by choice, not by mandate.
Rob Gianazza February 06, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Mary, you need to look at some maps. The beauty of Europe is the narrow winding roads.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 06, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Freedom and individual responsibility? Not in The New America 2013. The electorate has spoken, Rob. They want Big Government taking care of them and telling them what to do.
Rob Gianazza February 07, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Only you can prevent Road Rage, drive right, pass left, signal your intentions and don't tailgate.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Facebook readers weighed in too. Bob Ralston: About time Cynthia Thomas Henke: Such a joke - I get passed all the time when I drive the 'speed limit' and not just 65 on the highway, but in town . . . Stony Hill Road, W. Whisconier and Grays Bridge are all 25-30 and people drive 50. Last night, in the freezing, snowy conditions TWO cars passed me illegally going uphill on rte 25 while I was doing the speed limit. Sean N Henderson: Driving in Connecticut is frustrating. Poor driving tests that have little to do with driving, and a general lack of car culture is to blame, Things people do in CT: brake before hills, inappropriately yield right-of-way, overtake before exiting, failing to move over if flashed high beams, failure to move in if blinked-in, crowd in on difficult traffic situations, pass school buses with blinking red lights... Slowing down for no reason in the thru lane. I could go on... https://www.facebook.com/BrookfieldPatch


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