Speed limit bill advances in New York

| 7/16/2003

The New York State Assembly has approved legislation that would allow all vehicles to travel at a maximum speed limit of 65 mph on New York roadways statewide.

S1690, which passed the Assembly with a 146-2 vote June 19, has been sent to the Senate for final approval before heading to the governor.

Under current law, the Empire State permits all drivers to drive 65 mph on interstates and other limited access highways but requires them to slow to 55 mph on other roadways.

“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 said.