Gov. Rick Scott will veto bill to raise highway speed limits

Published On: May 13 2014 04:59:22 PM EDT
Rick Scott

Rick Scott.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will veto a bill that could increase the speed limit on Florida highways from 70 to 75 mph.

Scott said Tuesday that he will "stand with law enforcement" who urged him to veto the legislation that narrowly passed the Florida Legislature.

Earlier this month, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was mourning a colleague killed after being struck by a vehicle urged Scott to veto the bill.

The bill (SB 392) would not raise speed limits automatically, but would allow the Department of Transportation to increase them when it saw fit. The department could also raise the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on rural, four-lane divided highways and up to 65 mph on other roads.

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