WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sen. Bill Rabon filed a bill yesterday in the state legislature that would raise the speed limit on some North Carolina roads.
The bill would allow the DOT to set a maximum speed limit of 75 miles an hour on certain interstates.
“We’re trying to get people from point A to point B in a more timely fashion,” Sen. Rabon said. “Seventy-five is not unreasonable. A lot of people drive 75 already. Not that that makes it OK, but I think in the long run it might even help with enforcement.”
Rabon, a Southport Republican, is one of three primary sponsors of Senate Bill 709. The bill says the Department of Transportation will have the ability to determine on the basis of engineering and traffic that a higher maximum speed is needed.
To increase the speed limit, the bill says it has to be safe under the conditions of the interstate to do so.
Drivers we spoke with liked the idea.
“Everybody already drives 75 and above anyways, so I don’t think it will be a big deal,” driver Brian Harris said.
We reached out to the Highway Patrol for a statement, but they did not want to comment unless the bill becomes law.
We spoke with another driver who said he drives 85 already, so raising the speed limit would make what he’s doing closer to legal. He did not want to go on camera.
Rabon admits some people may think that increasing the speed limit will make drivers who already exceed it just go faster, but he disagrees with that logic.
“I think there’s a limit to how fast most drivers will go,” he said.