As of Dec. 15, drivers
are able to cruise at 65 mph on 125 more miles of New Jersey state highways.
The changes expand the amount of roadway in the state with a 65-mph limit
from 475 miles to 600 miles.
New Jersey is raising
the speed limit to 65 mph on sections of 11 highways. The longest stretch
of highway where the speed limit will be raised is 35 miles of Route 287,
from Edison north to Morristown. Two highways - Routes 24 and 280 -
will get 65-mph zones for the first time. Meanwhile, Routes 78 and 80 will
have their 65-mph sections extended farther east.
Critics insist the
higher speeds will make the state's highways more dangerous. The state
Transportation Department, however, spent three years studying the impact
of the higher speed limit on the roads where it was imposed in 1998 and determined
the increase did not cause more accident deaths.