Iowa split-speed bill passes House

| 2/19/2002

The Iowa House of Representatives has passed a bill that would raise the speed limit on interstate highways to 70 mph for cars, but keep it at 65 mph for trucks grossing more than 10,000 lbs. Sponsored by the House Transportation Committee; HF268 passed all House committees with amendments on Feb. 13.

The amended version raises fines from $10 to $100 for speeds not more than 10 mph over the limit in a speed zone; from $40 to $200 for speed greater than 10, but not more than 20 mph in excess of the limit; and from $60 to $200, plus $25 for each mph exceeding 20 mph over the limit. Under the provisions of this bill, all revenue from speeding tickets will go to local law enforcement for the purchase of new police vehicles.

While earlier proposals included divided state highways, this measure would affect only interstate highways.

The Iowa 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. HF268 is waiting for assignment on the Senate calendar. Iowa truckers, it's time to talk to your state senators!