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Inslee vetoes proposed raise to speed limits

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In his first veto of 2015, Gov. Jay Inslee struck out a section of a bill that would have enabled raising the speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour on state highways.

Inslee’s partial veto Wednesday morning of House Bill 2181 left intact the sections of the bill that authorize investigation of the potential safety effects of raising the speed limit on sections of Washington highways.

In his veto message, Inslee said the bill would originally have authorized a 75 mile per hour limit on a section of Interstate 90, but its reach had been extended to affect potentially thousands of roads before it reached his desk.

He also said the bill should have commissioned a safety study before authorizing a higher limit, instead of attempting to do both simultaneously.

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9 comments

  • BearTex3

    It does not matter if the speed limit is raised or not. Drivers drive 75 out there anyways and so does WSP. Plus the troopers usually give you anywhere from 5-9 mph over the limit, but if you are doing something stupid while driving over then they use the over limit as a reason to pull you over. I know cause I talk to them almost daily at my job on the Interstates. But there is only 2 places that the speed limit is that high anyways and I believe it is South of Olympia and East of the pass. Besides its not those that drive fast that is the problem, its those that drive under the speed limit that pull in front of those driving the speed limit or even a little above it. But those who drive excessively fast and whip in and out of traffic are just as much a problem as those who drive slow.