Bills to Raise Virginia Speed Limits Pass

February 4, 2010

Virginia lawmakers have passed bills that would boost the top speed limit in the state from 65 mph to 70.

In the Senate, the bill passed on a 29-10 vote.

Democratic Senator Creigh (Cree) Deeds of Bath County said the state had no business increasing speeds on its freeways when it faces a transportation funding crisis.

Republican Senator John Watkins said nothing in the bill compels motorists to drive 70 mph.

In the House, the measure passed on a 71-26 vote without debate.

Thirty-three states have top limits of 70 mph. Twelve have 75 mph limits, and Texas and Utah allow speeds up to 80 mph.

The bills seem likely to become law. Gov. Bob McDonnell advocated the 70 mph limit in his campaign.

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