Mississippi House approves 75 mph speeds

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 2/14/2013

A bill halfway through the statehouse would increase car and truck speed limits on certain roadways in Mississippi.

House lawmakers voted 115-5 to advance a bill to the Senate that would make Mississippi only the second state east of the river that bears its name to permit speeds higher than 70 mph. Maine permits travelers to drive 75 mph on a portion of Interstate 95.

Sponsored by Rep. Johnny Stringer, D-Montrose, HB376 would authorize truckers and other drivers to travel 75 mph on rural interstates and four-lane highways – up from 70 mph. The state’s Transportation Commission would make the final decision on any changes.

Stringer has said that many travelers in the state are already driving 75 mph. He wants to make sure they’re doing it legally.

The bill awaits assignment to a Senate committee. The deadline for House bills to advance to the Senate floor is March 5.

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