A bill that would have let drivers
in North Dakota travel a little faster on county roads has died.
Current state law allows drivers
to legally travel up to 55 mph on paved roads that do not have speed limit
A measure offered by Rep. Bill
Kretschmar, R-Venturia, sought to raise the limit on paved, unposted county
roads to 60 mph.
The bill – HB1299 – overwhelmingly
passed the House in January but Senators later went the opposite way in voting
44-1 to kill the bill.
Kretschmar told lawmakers during a
House hearing on the bill early this year he often drives a McIntosh County
road between Lehr and Ashley near his home. He said the road is at least as
good as two nearby state highways, The Forum reported.
Wade Williams, a spokesman for the
North Dakota Association of Counties, said if signed into law, the bill would
have made road upkeep more expensive. Curved stretches that need lower speed
limits would have to be posted, he said.
Also, because the roads were
designed for slower speeds, counties also could be liable for some accidents,