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Zoom, zoom: Senate passes bill allowing higher speed limits

A bill that could result in higher speeds on Florida highways was passed Thursday by the Florida Senate.

The measure (SB 392) was approved by a vote of 27-11, with Democrats and Republicans opposing.

Any increase on a given stretch of highway would happen only if state traffic engineers determine the roadway is safe enough for a higher speed.

State law now allows for 70 mph on interstates, 65 mph for highways with a divided median and 60 mph on certain other roadways. Under the bill, all of these limits could be raised by 5 mph.

Under the bill, the maximum highway speed limit could rise to 75 mph. Florida last bumped the state speed limit to 70 mph in 1996.

Sens. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, sponsored the bill, which heads to the House.