Channel 4 reports that AAA will formally request that Gov. Rick Scott veto Senate Bill 392, which would allow the Florida Department of Transportation to post higher speed limits on many Florida highway. The Florida House voted 58-56 to pass the bill, despite several lawmakers who said it would cause more deaths. That includes Democratic Rep. Irv Slosberg, whose daughter was killed in a car accident where speed was a factor.
If signed into law, Florida would join Maine as the only states east of the Mississippi River allowing legal speeds higher than 70 miles per hour, according to AAA. Other states that raised their speed limits above 70 mph saw an increase in speed-related traffic deaths, according to AAA. A total of 16 states allow speeds greater than 70 and most are now well above the national average of 30 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. AAA states that based upon similar action in other states, this change in state law will likely result in more crashes, injuries and deaths on our highways. According to the NHTSA, a total of 10,219 deaths, or nearly a third of all motor vehicle fatalities, occurred in speed-related crashes in 2012. NHTSA estimates that the economic cost of speed-related crashes is more than $40 billion each year.
Read more about Florida’s speed limits here.