GARY D. ROBERTSON
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A slowed-down effort to consider raising the maximum speed limit on some North Carolina highways to 75 mph has reached a stop sign at the legislature.
The House voted down a measure Thursday that would have directed the Department of Transportation to study raising the 70 mph speed limit on some interstates and other roads. DOT would then report to a legislative panel and propose a pilot for up to four roads. The full General Assembly would still have had to approve the pilot.
The bill failed 44-64 after several legislators were worried about safety and didn't see a good reason to consider raising the limit.
The House last week derailed an earlier version of the Senate bill to give DOT the power for 75 mph roads without a study.
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