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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A bill opening the door to 75 mph speed limits on some highways in North Carolina has been sent back to a House committee for more work.

The House debated the measure Thursday but decided to return it to the Transportation Committee instead of taking a vote. The Senate already passed the bill, which would allow the Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit from 70 to 75 on highways and interstates if studies proved the change was safe.

The bill was criticized on the floor from members of both parties. They said it serves no real purpose and would lead to an increase in deaths.

Supporters say changes would come only after careful consideration by traffic engineers.

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2015 years 10 months ago

“Instead you drive in the left lane holding up traffic and causing unsafe driving because of drivers trying to get around you idiots just because you are at the speed limit.” (Unquote)
You want to speed…and others are unsafe? Pot/Kettle thing here.
Don’t try and drive 80 mph on the highway, because you will want to drive 90 mph, and those that do drive the limit won’t be an inconvenience to you. Simple math/Simple solution. This is not Germany. You seek the truth…now you Got It!

2015 years 10 months ago

I think it should be 80 and if you pansies do not want to drive that fast then take secondary roads or stay on the right lane. Instead you drive in the left lane holding up traffic and causing unsafe driving because of drivers trying to get around you idiots just because you are at the speed limit. I drove on the German Audoban while in the Army in speeds in excess of 100 mph and never saw a wreck and traffic flowed safely.

2015 years 10 months ago

Have to agree.

2015 years 10 months ago

Our politicians in Raleigh have nothing better to do than to attempt to raise our speed limits to dangerous speeds that would lead to more highway wrecks and deaths and injuries . . . not to mention burn and waste more fuel. Good God Almighty!

NC legislators, in their flagrant stupidity, rankle the citizens of this state who care about quality of life issues. Quality of life? Our public servants do not know the meaning of the term . . . or, for that matter, care.

I have had it with state politicians who clutter up our roadsides with plastic re-election signs. Come this November, I will snatch up every one I see that is placed in the public right of way.

I’ve had it with these ego-driven jackasses.

2015 years 10 months ago

Serves no purpose.

2015 years 10 months ago

Go ahead Rolfo. Let ’em have it!

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2015 years 10 months ago

Maybe that’s why there’s always bullet holes in those signs.
Gas prices for the most part have stabilized recently. The higher the speed limit…the more fuel consumption…so raise gas prices again to offset that…and the Gov. will be happy “all over again”. Regardless of what consumers want.
75 mph would be a “decrease in speed” on Wilmington’s city roadways. I say they should “Go for it” :-?
By the by…vote for me and I’ll put a Angus T-Bone steak on all Y’all’s dinner plates…and big fat Maters on the vegetarians plates.
Then I will…………….(Sound familiar?)

2015 years 10 months ago

Drivers are already driving 75+. Increase speed limit to 75 and they will be driving 80+. Leave it alone- officers generally allow 5 over limit now!


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