Speed Limits To Increase Across Kentucky Next Week

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state official say the speed limit on most rural interstate highways and parkways will increase to 70 miles-per-hour next week.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman Miranda Thacker says
the new speed limit will take effect after signs are posted, and they plan to do them all in one day.

The General Assembly approved the higher speed limit in March, but delayed its implementation until highway engineers completed studies to identify stretches where increased speeds would be safe.

The speed limit won't increase on urban stretches of interstate highways.

Thacker says 496 speed limit signs will be changed.

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  • by BOWD Training Course Location: Louisville on Jul 16, 2007 at 12:54 PM
    How will the State benefit from increasing the speed limit? We have set a goal of reducing highway fatalities by 200, by Dec. 2008. It seems that the new law works against our ability to reach this goal.
  • by David Location: Breathitt Co. on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:29 AM
    Hey Law!! When a life is on the line you turn on the lights and siren and go as afst as you safely can. When your just driving around out there you should be setting an example for other people not trying to flaunt some presumed superiority over them. I was a cop for 30 years and I've seen too many police officers with this attitude.
  • by SPEED TRAP Location: CENTRAL KY on Jul 10, 2007 at 05:17 AM
    SAM- I like the attitude. I don't like speeders either. If I had a penny for every person I stopped for going 15 MPH over the limit, I'd be rich. That's why I cite as many as I can. See you on the road :)
  • by RS Location: Lexington on Jul 9, 2007 at 05:20 PM
    My fantasy? Performance driving school with a very, very strict testing (including lane etiquette, high speed handling, skid recovery, and performance braking) for every driver. For those who pass and own vehicles with certain performance and safety parameters, a a "per conditions" speed limit with a 1-strike-you're out DUI tolerance. I'll bet you'd find those folks had a fraction of the accidents as the general public.
  • by Speedy Location: Northern state on Jul 9, 2007 at 09:07 AM
    Giddy up! You guys are really blasting law enforcement down there in Kentucky. Don't fault the whole system for one guy's mistake. As far as I am concerned, those ole boys can drive as fast as they want....I am aware of the sacrifice they make each time they put on a uniform. So what if they get that little perk of being able to drive fast...they are risking their lives to serve us!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jul 9, 2007 at 06:52 AM
    Woo hoo! I drive 70 through subdivisions anyway! Now its legal!
  • by Joe Location: Lex on Jul 9, 2007 at 06:52 AM
    Those of you who are complaining about law enforcement driving fast are only ticked off because they passed you by when YOU were driving at 80mph. Give it a break, 99 percent of KY drivers go faster than the posted speed limit.
  • by the Location: law on Jul 7, 2007 at 03:12 PM
    The police are willing to take a bullet for you, and you are worried about how fast they go in a cruiser. That is petty. When your life is on the line, do you want the police driving slow?
  • by David Location: Breathitt Co. on Jul 7, 2007 at 09:14 AM
    The 70 mph limit would be OK if it were enforced and drivers heald strictly to it. Our State Police appear to have little interest in traffic enforcement. Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement has less than half the personnel of the K.S.P. but I see them making many more traffic stops.
  • by dwight on Jul 6, 2007 at 10:34 PM
    i agree with sam 100%. entirely.
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