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Speed Limits under Attack

February 5, 1996
By: Phill Brooks
State Capital Bureau

The governor's plan to keep lower speed limits in force in Missouri's urban areas and on two-lane roads is running into serious problems in the state Senate. Phill Brooks has the story from Jefferson City:

So far, opponents to keeping down the speed limits appear to have the upper hand.

They won Senate approval to strip out of the bill giving the Highway Patrol power to lower speeds on selected highways.

And now, they've got an amendment to let urban freeway speeds jump up to 65 miles an hour.

The sponsor of that amendment is St. Louis County Republican Franc Flotron:

Actuality: FLOT002.WAV
RunTime: 14
OutCue: "...reasonable compromise."
Contents: [152K WAV file - Flotron says nobody is obeying the 55mph limit in urban areas.]

Flotron and other opponents to lowering the speed limits were accused by the bill sponsor of trying to kill the bill with amendments.

If the bill does not pass in the next month, Missouri speed limits automatically will jump to 70 miles an hour on interestatees and 65 on all other state highways.

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