HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — There may be some relief coming for drivers who can’t keep below the 65 mph speed limit.
Democratic Rep. Minnie Gonzalez of Hartford on Monday called for increasing Connecticut’s maximum speed limit on state highways to 75 mph, saying the current limit is “a joke” and is being ignored.
She told members of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee that statistics she has found show the number of accidents decrease with the higher speed limit.
But some committee members raised safety concerns and said those statistics might apply to larger, less populated states like North Dakota.
In 1998, Connecticut became the last state in the continental U.S. to increase the maximum speed limit from 55 mph to 65 mph.
Gonzalez also wants to increase fines for speeding violations by 15 percent.