Oregon House passed a bill April 7 to raise the speed limit
on the state's major thoroughfares.
sponsored by Rep. Randy Miller, R-Lake Oswego, gives the
Oregon Department of Transportation the option of increasing
the current speed limit of 55 mph for trucks and 65 mph for
cars on the state's freeways. The measure would allow new
maximums of 65 mph for trucks and 70 mph for cars.
bill, which was recently amended to reduce the proposed hike
in car speeds from 75 mph, would authorize ODOT to consult
with other state and local police, transportation and highway
officials and interest groups and to decide whether the speed
limit for a particular stretch of freeway should be changed.
has tried and failed several times in the past to introduce
similar bills, but all were blocked by former Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Ted Kulongoski isn't promising a veto, but he has some questions
about the bill, the governor's spokeswoman, Mary Ellen Glynn,
told The Oregonian. His biggest concern, she said,
is the recent cutbacks in state police patrols, and how that
might affect enforcement.
see what happens in the Senate,” she said.