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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 CBSNew 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?

Alex February 05, 2013 at 06:27 PM
"There are too many on/off ramps on I95 to go 80." You must not drive on I-95 very much. Sure no one smart is driving 80 through New Haven, but after Branford its uncommon not to see anyone going above 80.
Alex February 05, 2013 at 06:32 PM
I'm fine with it being increased to 75 (most people do it anyways), but there should be a narrower acceptable driving range on the highway (not in cities tho). 45mph is far too slow for a minimum in many areas. That range creates traffic with slower cars holding up faster ones (happens a lot on I-95 when it is 2 lanes). I would also want a stricter enforcement of pass on the left. Too many drivers cruise in the left lane, when it is suppose to be a passing lane. Get to the center or right lane if you are not looking to pass! Obviously during traffic jams those rules fall apart tho.
Laura February 05, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I don't drive on I95 at all - it's too full of idiots driving tooooo fast as it is...65 is reasonable - now if everyone would just slow down - maybe - it would be safer...leave the high speeds for places like Texas, Nevada, Arizona - out west - Ct has such angry drivers and people - then there are the tailgaters...a whole nother discussion!!!
Walt February 05, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I'm just keeping up with traffic going 80. Take your blue hair and your buick and stay on route 1 and no, I'M NOT ON THE PHONE!
Laura February 05, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Walt - Walt...I said the collective 'you' not you...AND my hair is not blue and I drive a fairly peppy car - I have had it up to 120 on the connector...and the PHONE thing was not directed at 'you...
Crown Royal February 05, 2013 at 08:35 PM
In your honest opinion, was that 'excess speed' around 75mph, or more like 100+mph? It seems like if those other laws were more strictly enforced (Talking and Texting) we could have a much greater impact at reducing traffic deaths.
jim laguardia February 05, 2013 at 08:45 PM
I just dont get traffic on the highway... everyone is going in the same direction, it should not be that hard to move cars along in the same direction, should it?? its not like anyone is stopping to turn.... but on a serious note 75 seems a little too high
Wolfe February 05, 2013 at 09:22 PM
I agree, Jim. Seventy-five is too fast. If you aren't happy with 65, then move your office to your home and move your home to Texas or Oklahoma. Enjoy the twisters, folks.
Bill Bittar (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 09:36 PM
This wasn't supposed to go out as Breaking News. I must have accidentally clicked on the box while saving the story.
Al February 05, 2013 at 11:07 PM
75 mph is to fast for Connecticut Roads
Mike Wallace February 06, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I agree with D Bauby. The difference in gas consumption is big too. Have we gotten so used to the price of gas that it's no big deal anymore?
Mike Wallace February 06, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Agree!
jim laguardia February 06, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Should be "not braking news" hardy har har
QWERTY February 06, 2013 at 01:54 AM
There's no way this state is raising Fairfield county's speed limit to 65 or 75 MPH. However, I'd bet anything that the proposed 15% hike in speeding fines WOULD still apply to Fairfield county. Once again, a Democrat trying to fleece the state's residents of their money. And once again, Fairfield county would be punished the most...the only county that keeps this state running. Shocker.
Barbara Grant February 06, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Absolutely not!!! The speed limit is fine where it is. Even the Merritt tends to go at 70 mph in many areas now. If we raise the speed limit it will be like giving the idiots who drive without using the intelligence God gave them the go ahead to go 80 to 90 miles an hour while they are playing in and out the cars. They will continue to follow too close, forgeting that you need more room to stop. With the congestion on a majority of our roads, it is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. The only people who will benefit from such a stupid act are the undertakers & the hospitals.
Walt February 06, 2013 at 01:24 PM
To all you who think 55 is just fine, please stay to the right and putt along in your buick and stay out of the way of people who know how to drive.
Laura February 06, 2013 at 01:26 PM
HERE HERE!!!
Crown Royal February 06, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Barbara I completely disagree. You said it yourself that the speed on the Merritt tends to go at 70 or so. So by allowing them to raise the speed limit on that road, but also enforcing the law to a tougher degree, you will not actually be raising the speed driven, merely stopping people from going above that speed. I know that most states that have speed limits in excess of 75mph, have zero tolerance for someone going above that speed, whereas in this state, you would be hard pressed to find an officer to give you a ticket for going 8-10mph over the limit unless it was on a residential street. BTW, just because they raise the maximum limit, it does not mean it applies to every highway. The safe speed determination is still made by CDOT meaning that many of the urban areas that have limits of 55mph or so, would still remain. It is just about upping the maximum speed limit allowed.
Laura February 06, 2013 at 01:29 PM
That would be how many people? 10 out of 100??? I was going to apologize for my comments from yesterday Walt, 'you' thought I was talking about'you' I wasn't...BUT 'your' statement today...puleezzzzzzzzzzzzz Read it again and Think!!!!
Walt February 06, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Do you remember that the speed limit on 95 used to be 70?
anon February 06, 2013 at 02:07 PM
no way ... everyone knows many people drive 5 to 10 miles faster than the posted speed limit ... i agree with everyone who said setting it to 75 would just allow drivers to think it's okay to go 5 to 10 MPH faster and that's way too fast ... 95 is too congested especially with huge tracker trailers that cannot stop fast like a car could ... and the Merritt is too windy, also pretty busy and has the higher chance of a deer to jump in front of you ... even NY I-87 is still 65MPH ... is this really what our state lawmakers are busy with??
jim laguardia February 06, 2013 at 02:12 PM
@Walt... who said 55?? It is 65 in a lot of areas (mostly outside of Fairfield county)
captrips February 06, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Given the fact that CT highways, especially in Fairfield County, are among the most congested and least updated highways in the U.S. and that the extra fuel consumption over 55 MPH is significant at 65 MPH let alone 75 MPH, what is the point? I say go back to 55 MPH and 60 MPH in open areas and actually enforce the limits. This is not the open spaces in the rural areas of the U.S.
Crown Royal February 06, 2013 at 03:29 PM
NY I-87 is still 65 because that is the maximum speed allowed by the state. 65 is no longer the standard for the majority of the country however and that road, as well as many parts of the highways in CT should and can be safely raised. Please take a look at the graph at the top of this page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_limits_in_the_United_States As an FYI, the speed limit used to be 70mph on some CT highways prior to 1974, at which point the federal government prohibited speeds above 55mph due to the gasoline crisis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_limits_in_the_United_States#Connecticut If you are only worried about the tractor trailers, many states have separate speed limits for trucks versus passenger vehicles. In my opinion, a strict increase of enforcement in regards to speed limits would permit us to safely raise those limits.
Crown Royal February 06, 2013 at 03:41 PM
You are in fact lying. CT roadways are not even among the top 40 most congested roadways, And considering the top 10 most congested account for 36% of congestion, the top 40 accounts for the overwhelming majority of all congestion in the US. Research your facts before you spew them http://mobility.tamu.edu/files/2011/11/ccr-all-table-rankings.pdf#page=3 (This is a traffic study done by Texas A&M which is highly regarded and published in 2011)
Walt February 06, 2013 at 04:01 PM
@Laura, go back and read your comment, you specifically said I could drive route 1 and if I'm in such a hurry leave earlier. You also said later that you don't drive on 95 at all so your comments and input here are really irrelevant. Do any of you drive on the connector with any regularity? 70 to 80 miles an hour is the norm. Since I'M paying for the gas, I'LL burn it any way I want. You should love it as that means I pay more of the confiscatory gas taxes.
QWERTY February 06, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I'm with Walt. The majority of people speed as it is. Safety issues arise when vigilantes decide to drive 55 in the left hand lane, thus forcing a traffic backup in addition to forcing congested vehicles to pass on the right hand side. Speed limits will never trump safety. As someone who routinely drives 70-80 MPH even if the speed limit were set at unlimited, I wouldn't drive faster than 80 MPH. I only stick to the posted speed limits if I think I'm going to get caught, otherwise I use common sense with my speed.
Malcolm Bell February 06, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Nice comments Crown Royal. Raising the limit won't magically make 95/Merritt move at 75, and I'm sure the limits would only be raised in areas that don't have that level of congestion. Been driving to RI+MA regularly for the past few years, and 95 east of New Haven, Merritt north of Shelton, 91 aside from Hartford all have quality roads and traffic levels that support 70-80mph easily. The biggest danger out there is left lane hogs. People who drive fast (excluding the race+weavers) generally leave room, let people pass, and keep up with traffic. Driving at or under the limit in left lanes, when there is adequate capacity and speed in the right lanes, is a hazard. Polite drivers who move right and share the road would help make our highways a lot more enjoyable!
Crown Royal February 06, 2013 at 06:47 PM
I agree. In fact I don't think Speed Limit signs are the most disobeyed, I believe it would be this sign http://store.hallsigns.com/assets/images/r4-16.gif
captrips February 07, 2013 at 02:08 AM
@Crown Royal - OK, so they're not in the Top 40. I believe I said they were among the most constested in the U.S. I did not state a numeric rank. Whatever. The infrastructure is dated and not maintained well, driving 75 MPH versus 55 MPH uses extra gas and given motorists' history with any speed limit, the 75 MPH will be exceeded by the majority of drivers. All of that said, it's a really stupid idea to even consider this proposal in this state. Given all of the more pressing problems in this state, it's absurd that our state representatives would waste any effort considering this idea.

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