Speed-boost proposal killed in Kentucky

| Tuesday, April 20, 2004

A bill that would increase the speed limit for all vehicles on interstates and four-lane highways throughout Kentucky failed to gain final passage before state lawmakers adjourned for the year April 13.

The proposal remained in a House-Senate conference committee.

The Senate had voted in favor of a proposal that would increase the speed limit for all vehicles on interstates and four-lane highways throughout the state, The Courier-Journal reported.

Senate lawmakers voted 31-3 March 26 to approve the bill with amendments added by the chamber’s Transportation Committee. It was sent back to the House, whose original version of the bill – HB365 – dealt only with recreational vehicle length and weight limits.

House and Senate lawmakers met to come up with a compromise for the bill but failed to reach an agreement before the curtain closed on the year’s legislative activity.

The amended version would set the speed limit on interstates and parkways at 70 mph, up from 65 mph. Speeds on four-lane state highways would climb from 60 mph to 65 mph. Senators rejected another amendment offered by the committee to increase speeds on two-lane highways from 55 mph to 60 mph.

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