Iowa considers split speed limits

| 2/8/2002

The Iowa House of Representatives will consider a bill that would raise the speed limit on interstate highways to 70 mph for cars, but keep it at 65 mph for trucks with a gross weight exceeding 10,000 pounds. Sponsored by the House Transportation Committee, HF268 was amended and passed Feb. 5, sending it to the full House for a vote.

The state legislature has debated raising the speed limit for years. This bill may be more likely to pass because it is scaled back compared to earlier proposals. In addition to the fact that it doesn't raise speed limits for trucks, the measure would affect only interstate highways, while earlier proposals included divided state highways.