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Kansas House Rejects The Plan To Raise Speed Limit

Kansas House Rejects The Plan To Raise Speed Limit
News relating to increasing the speed limit in Kansas City has been discussed the past few weeks. Legislative committees presented bills to raise the speed limit from 75 to 80 miles per hour and were waiting for the House vote. The decision was finally announced on February 22, 2016. The Kansas House of Representatives decided against the move to 80 mph. The state did increase speed from 65 to 70 miles per hour on some two-lane highways.

The bill 106-19, given by the House, has given clear instructions to the State’s secretary of transportation to increase the speed limits on some highways and non interstate highways to 5 miles per hour. The measure is expected to head to the Senate’s office in the following days.

Rep. John Bradford, a Lansing Republican, was the one who had initially presented the bill but after the voting (90-24), the House took action and rejected the proposal made. Bradford’s belief that “Kansas is very flat for the most part, and you can see great distances for the most part,” didn’t seem to convince the board members.

It seemed it was the day of the opposing parties. They regarded increasing the speed limits as unsafe because there was no point in increasing the speed limits. The state already had no conviction on moving vehicles that were violating law unless they surpassed the set limit of 10 miles per hour. Due to this very reason, they believed that if the state increased the limit from 75 to 80 miles per hour, it will give a free hand to all vehicle drivers to go over 90, which then becomes an issue and obstacle to safe driving.

A Dighton Republican, Rep. Don Hineman stated that he may have agreed upon Bradford’s proposal 20 years ago, but now times are changing. He blamed the technology for that. He believes there are too many drivers on the roads with cell phones in their hands, taking up all their concentration. He said that increasing speed limits in such a time will only add up to more accidents and fatalities.

“Today, there are way too many drivers that are holding a cell phone in their hand as they drive. They’re texting. They’re reading email. They’re twittering. They’re on Facebook, whatever,” were his actual remarks.

Whether this decision works out for the best for Kansas City or will more bills be presented in the coming years, only time will tell based on the impacts of the decision. – See more at:

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