Drivers in the state of New York may be able to pick up the pace on the Empire State's roads if a bill from freshman Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda gets passed. Sepulveda submitted a bill that would see speed limits raised from 65 to 75 miles per hour, statewide.

New York would join 16, mostly Western, states in setting its freeway speeds above 70 miles per hour, and it would be the 35th state to kick its speed limit up to 70 mph since 1995, when the national speed limit was repealed. Individual counties would still be able to set lower speed limits, according to The Buffalo News.

It's still too early in the legislative process to tell whether the bill will gain traction with lawmakers, but at the moment, it's lacking a sponsor in the Senate. New York's move comes almost a year to the day of the 85-mph speed limit along Texas' State Highway 130 went into effect.


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      Zaki
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even the least expensive cars today can easily and safely cruise at 70-80mph. About time more states adopt this speed or higher on highways.
        davido
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zaki
        Cars can cruise at that speed. Can drivers? While texting?
          Zaki
          • 1 Year Ago
          @davido
          while texting even 55 mph is dangerous......its the texting that is the problem.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seeing as most people already go 70-75 not a big deal. Other then it will reduce the tax on drivers for tickets.
        davido
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        Won't reduce tickets because people will run 10-15 over the new limit.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @davido
          Pretty much every study has shown that's not the case. Most people drive at the speed they feel comfortable at, not the speed limit + X mph.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Chris Donahue
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some stretches of The Thruway (i-90 and i-87) would be okay. So would some stretches of i-81. Most people are already driving 75. It would just make it legal.
      Ray Mon
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Speed doesn't kill. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you."
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every time I go upstate on the NY Thruway everyone is doing 80-85 anyway!
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        That's an extremely good reason why the limit should be raised. Having speed limits that are far lower than the normal flow of traffic results in large variations in speed; which is where the real danger lies on the highway.
          frostillicus80
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          Great point!
          KaiserWilhelm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          Yes excellent point.
          AcidTonic
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          But cops love it..... All kinds of reasons to yank someone out of their car and search them or fish for something else to slam on the criminal, I mean motorist. Removing yet another avenue for crooks/organised crime to stop innocent people on their merry way is a big plus in my book.
      Andrew Zotos Breslin
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      photofill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Speed limits don't match road structure capabilities, they only match what money can be made. If the average traffic cruises at 70-75 on a six lane divided highway, and the speed limit is 55, that means they can give tickets anytime they need some money. Interesting watch ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BKdbxX1pDw "Speed Kills Your Pocketbook"
      Trist
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully this doesn't affect NYC speed limits as we have 45 and 50 MPH limits and people still don't know how to operate a motor vehicle at those speeds and still have yet to understand this whole concept of passing on the left.
        Justin Campanale
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trist
        I think the cops should be trained to be more lenient on speeding and should really crack down more on poor lane discipline. Driving in NYC would be a lot less troublesome if we didn't have people doing the posted limit in the left lane.
      mylexicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bet there is also an increase in fines buried somewhere in the bill
      barkeep
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's good news, but I feel this is only half the battle. Have more stricter and more stringent road tests. Hell, make it damn near impossible to get a drivers license, like a similar system used in Germany. At the very least, it would reduce the amount of stupidity we see on the roads everyday. With great speed comes with great responsibility!
      Michael Scoffield
      • 1 Year Ago
      I live in Europe and I must say I don't understand why you Americans have speed limits that are this low. Here where I live the speed limit is 85 but everyone does 90 and it still doesn't seem that high. I also don't understand why do you need such powerful cars when I find myself often breaking the speed limit in my 70 HP compact.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Scoffield
        "I also don't understand why do you need such powerful cars when I find myself often breaking the speed limit in my 70 HP compact." It's not about "need", it's about what we want. And while we do have a speed limit (which some people may exceed occasionally) there is no set acceleration limit. The power is usually for acceleration, not top speed. I don't think I've topped out any car I've ever had (although I've gotten close).
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          If you have to ask that question, then you probably wouldn't understand. If you look at a car as simply transportation, then it really doesn't make sense to have 400 hp cars; but clearly many people see cars as more than just transportation. That feeling is not limited to the US. Really, the question you should be asking is why don't Europeans buy high power cars at the same numbers as the US since there is little doubt Europeans love cars as much or more than Americans. The answer is the higher price of gas. Our gas is less than half the price of most European countries.
          Michael Scoffield
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          Okay, then why do you "want" such powerful acceleration when it can only be legally sustained for very short length and time ?
        Israel Isassi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Scoffield
        it always comes down to power and profit.
        Jack
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Scoffield
        So you must have trouble understanding the same thing about Europe. Most of Europe has highway limits of 100-120 kph. You do have parts of Europe that allow 80 mph (128ish kph) or higher, but so does the US! It's really no different.
          Michael Scoffield
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jack
          In the country where I live (Romania) the legally accepted speed limit throughout the entire country is 85 ( 135 kph or so). In the other neighboring countries I visited (Hungary, Germany, Austria) the speed limit was the same or higher. It is true that the speed limit here is heavily enforced and you cannot get away with even 10 Mph above. Serious speed violations can get your license suspended even for two years and the fines are crazy high.
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