Joe Scarnati, Pennsylvania Senate leader, to seek new highway speed limit of 70 mph

Pa. Senate leader to seek new highway speed limit of 70 mph

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A leading Pennsylvania state senator said it's time to increase the state's maximum allowable speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said Friday he will introduce legislation soon to allow the higher maximum speeds on interstates.

The 70 mph limit will make traffic move better and make the delivery of goods more efficient, the Jefferson County Republican said.

Scarnati said 34 states allow at least 70 mph, and 16 of those states cap speeds at 75 mph.

His proposal wouldn't mandate the higher speed limit. Speeds wouldn't be increased without justification by highway department studies.

Scarnati is seeking cosponsors for the legislation. Pennsylvania adopted the 65 mph limit in 1995.

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