Kentucky Drivers May Soon Speed Up on Interstates

By: Denny Trease Email
By: Denny Trease Email

Several new Kentucky laws will go into effect starting June 26, and among them will be an increase in speed limits on Kentucky highways, from 65 to 70 miles per hour.

The new law was approved by the Kentucky General Assembly's 2007 session, but it still may be a while before you can speed up.

Some Kentuckians may be under the impression that since the speed limit change is one of many new laws set to go into effect next Tuesday, they can start driving 5 miles per hour faster that day, but that's not so.

The law as it is written gives the transportation secretary permission to adjust speed limits if he deems it necessary. The change will only affect rural areas where you don't have a lot of interchanges. Urban areas such as Louisville and Lexington aren't going to increase so they'll still remain 65 miles per hour.

The transportation cabinet hopes to complete the entire changeover including signage the week after the fourth of July.


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  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Jun 21, 2007 at 02:03 PM
    Let's just sell our cars and buy helicopters. We could get around even faster then.
  • by joe gibson Location: monticello on Jun 21, 2007 at 10:31 AM
    in the i970's when gas was being conserved test were ran and it was proved that 55mph was the most efficent speed for driving. now that there is plenty of gas and lives do not matter, what the hey, lets go for a 100. most drivers do anyway.
  • by RS Location: Lexington on Jun 20, 2007 at 08:02 PM
    It makes no difference. Any day of the week the average speed on I75 or I64 is around 78-82 mph. I run around 85-88 because that's the speed where I'm most comfortable, and my car is designed for even faster speeds than that. I'm a highly trained driver also, having attended several high performance driving schools and learned from some really amazing teachers. I've never caused an accident since I started driving over 30 years ago. It's funny that KY drivers think they have "traffic." You don't (believe me) I'm perplexed by the way drivers STOP on entry ramps, also - can someone explain that? It's horribly dangerous. I've never seen that in other states. Turn signals and lane etiquette seem to be quite the foreign concept here as well. It seems that other drivers take it on themselves to "slow me down" by squatting in the left lane. All you're doing is creating a dangerous proximity driving situation. Get out and drive in other parts of the world and you'll see that lane etiquette really does make things better for *everyone* Be safe all!
  • by Common Sense Location: Lexington on Jun 20, 2007 at 02:13 PM
    So if Speedy is on the interstate and the person in front of him is doing the speed LIMIT, he thinks it is fine and dandy to go faster just to please himself and his clients? WHAT A MORON...LOL! Arrogant, self-centered and soon dead! LMAO!
  • by Speedy Location: not KY on Jun 20, 2007 at 01:39 PM
    Traveling by air....speed limit not an issue at the moment!
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 20, 2007 at 01:19 PM
    Speedy....are you at work right now :)
  • by Speedy Location: Still in another state on Jun 20, 2007 at 12:09 PM
    Yep, you are right that I feel ok with going over the speed limit. I get pushed all day long on the job by clients wanting their information and "gotta have it now" mentality. Everyone feels they should come first no matter how much they themselves procrastinate so when i get in my car to head home or travel somewhere....I want to get there and not dilly-dally on the road for additional time while some moron in front of me chats on their cell phone, totally oblivious to everyone else on the road around them. I show courtesy to other drivers and i do not cut people off. I do not tailgate. I pass people! I get around and i move on down the road. Pay attention!!!!!!
  • by Eddie Location: Lebanon on Jun 20, 2007 at 11:36 AM
    I think that we need to look at the things that are causing the wrecks on the raod and it is generally blamed on speed but I feel it is distactions in the auto such as, talking on the cell phone while driving, drink beverages and spilling on yourself causing the driver to swerve, no courtesy among drivers, children in the car causing distractions to the driver, etc. Don't get me wrong I still remeber driving before we had the interstates and 50~55 went rather well, we are rushing through life and forget to slow down and appreciate all the wonders that God has made for us to enjoy as we travel down life's highways.
  • by Richmond Guy Location: Richmond of Course on Jun 20, 2007 at 10:00 AM
    Crystal - You have a valid point but in reality, try driving the speed limit or lower and then come back on here and post what happened. I drive 65mph everyday. I never pass anyone and am always passed like I am going backwards. I stay in the right hand lane but still get the "one finger salute" from people because they try to drive even faster than those in the the other two lanes and feel they should be able to "sneak" around them driving 90mph in the slow lane where I am lawfully driving the speed limit. In a perfect world, your point is great, unfortunately the world is far from that Utopia we only dream of. I leave Richmond at 545am every morning and have yet to see someone pulled over for speeding and trust me, there are people doing 90 plus mph. The increase in the speed limit is not a good idea in my eyes. You are just giving people a reason (which they really don't need) to go faster than they already are. It is just human nature for a lot of people to try and get away with as much as they can without getting caught. If that weren't the case, crime would be non-existent.
  • by Common Sense Location: Lexington on Jun 20, 2007 at 09:28 AM
    What a profound statement Speedy; Stay on the porch if you can't run with the big dogs! WOW! So what you are actually saying is not matter what the speed limit is, you feel it is okay to run whatever speed you want as long as you can do it? You are the reason road rage exists. So, because the majority of the people are driving 80mph right now you think it's ok to do the same? Your thinking is flawed. Two wrongs don't make a right.
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