Bill would bring Missouri rural highway limit to 75 mph

01/07/2014 7:16 AM

01/07/2014 7:17 AM

A southwest Missouri lawmaker wants to let motorists push the pedal down a little farther when they’re driving on rural highways.

Rep. Mike Kelley, a Republican from Lamar, pre-filed a bill Monday to raise the maximum speed limit to 75 mph in rural parts of the state. The state’s current limit is 70 mph.

His measure, HB1215, would apply to cars and trucks traveling on parts of interstates and other four-lane roads that lie outside urban areas.

The change would put Missouri in line with Kansas’ rural highway limit. Missouri’s current speed limit was put in place after Congress repealed the 55 mph federal limit in 1995.

Missouri lawmakers are scheduled to begin their annual session Wednesday.

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