Bill to raise speed limit moves to Arkansas House

LITTLE ROCK, AR - HB 2057 a bill that would allow the state to raise the speed limit passed the House and now will make its way through the Senate.

The sponsor of the bill, State Representative DeAnn Vaught (R-Horatio) says that many of the surrounding state already have interstate speed limits of 75 mph. 

"I just want Arkansas to join the 21st century and let's do what everybody else around us is already doing, " says Rep. Vaught.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the changes would be applicable on rural parts of Interstate 40 and part of Interstate 49 between I-40 and Fayetteville.  Also other roads could go from 60 to 65 mph. 

AHTD says even if the bill does pass it doesn't mean they are required to change the speed limit.  They say it allows them to study the roads to see if it's safe to make the changes.

Rep. Vaught says it wouldn't really change much.  "People are already doing it so let's just make it legal for them to do it."

 

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