Statement on Proposal to Increase the Maximum Speed Limit in Pennsylvania
October 12, 2013
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson)
issued the following statement regarding his proposal to increase the maximum
speed limit on Pennsylvania interstate highways and the Pennsylvania
Today I have circulated a co-sponsorship
memo for legislation I intend to introduce which would increase the maximum
speed limit on Pennsylvania interstate highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike
from 65 to 70 miles per hour.
Increasing Pennsylvania’s maximum speed limit on
interstate highways and the PA Turnpike will allow for better traffic flow and
provide for greater efficiency in the delivery of goods throughout the Commonwealth.
Numerous other states have already taken the step to allow for traveling at a
maximum speed of 70 MPH or more.
Over the last two decades since Pennsylvania’s maximum
speed limit was last set, our vehicles have become more technically efficient and
safety standards have continued to increase. As we move forward with this
measure a significant component of the legislation will focus on ensuring
necessary traffic and engineering studies are completed prior to increasing the
speed limit on any stretch of highway.