Oregon legislator has once again introduced a bill to raise the speed limit
on the state's major thoroughfares
Randy Miller (R-Lake Oswego) has tried and failed several times to introduce
similar bills, but all were blocked by former Gov. John Kitzhaber, an emergency
room doctor who feared faster speeds would lead to more highway deaths.
speed limit, including interstate highways, is 65 mph for cars and 55 mph
Ted Kulongoski has indicated he's more open to the idea, however. "We'll
see what comes along," Kulongoski spokeswoman Mary Ellen Glynn told The
Bulletin. "We're open to any number of proposals."
gives the state Transportation Department the option of raising the speed
limit on isolated, wide-open stretches such as U.S. Highway 20 between
Bend and Burns.
legislation would allow new maximums of 65 mph for trucks and 75 mph for
cars - but only after engineering and traffic experts evaluate what is "reasonable
and safe" for a particular highway.
is one of only two states (Iowa) west of the Mississippi River with speed
limits below 70 mph, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.