Speed limit bill advances in New York

| 4/7/2003

The New York state Senate unanimously approved legislation this week that would allow all vehicles to travel at a maximum speed limit of 65 mph on New York roadways statewide.

S1690 passed the Senate April 1 by a 61-0 vote. The bill now heads to the Assembly for consideration.

“This legislation amends the vehicle and traffic law, authorizing the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority to establish, where appropriate, a 65 mile per hour speed limit on all roadways in New York State,” the bill's sponsor, Senate Deputy Majority Whip Caesar Trunzo, R-Brentwood, wrote.

If signed into law, the measure would permit “law-abiding citizens to legally and safely travel at speeds which modern highways were designed to accommodate,” Trunzo wrote.

A similar Assembly bill – A732 – is in the Assembly Transportation Committee.