Reaction To Raising Speed Limits To 80 Mph Mixed

OKLAHOMA CITY – Not all Oklahomans are in a hurry to see speed limits raised to 80 mph on some stretches of state turnpikes.

Traffic engineers and other professionals have been looking at the feasibility of raising maximum allowable travel speeds on portions of some highways, like the H.E. Bailey Turnpike between Oklahoma City and Lawton. The green light for studies came after passage of House Bill 1071 last year. The bill’s authors, Lawton Rep. Daniel Pae and Sen. John Michael Montgomery, said then that they’d heard from constituents who favored higher speeds.

“There are many, many folks interested in seeing the speed limit increase happen,” Pae said Tuesday.

Pae said he has heard, too, from people concerned primarily with ensuring public safety. HB 1071 provided a good on-ramp for discussion, he said, because it mandated a comprehensive study of factors contributing to optimum speed limits and also for any increases to be adopted only in a “safe and gradual” manner.

 

 

 

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