Kentucky Speed Limits Increase

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

Your drive time on Kentucky interstates could be cut just in time for summer travel. Governor Ernie Fletcher signed House Bill 83 which would increase speed limits from 65 to 70 miles-per-hour on our interstates and parkways, but a safety study will be done throughout the state before any speed limits are raised.

"If they let me go 70, I'll probably go 70." - Kentucky Driver

"I think it's great; people do it anyway." - Kentucky Driver

"Well we run 80 now so it won't make a difference." - Kentucky Driver

"People are doing it anyway, the speed limit." - Kentucky Driver

"I think that's fine. I think we're the only state that's not at 70 miles-per-hour." - Kentucky Driver

Those are some of the reasons Kentucky is making the change. Kentucky State Police say the increased speed limit is working for surrounding states.

"There is no significant increase in fatalities to correlate with the increase is the speed limit," said Trooper Terry Alexander, with Kentucky State Police.

Trooper Alexander said five miles-per-hour may not make a noticeable difference in the speeds people drive now but it will help with the overall traffic flow.

"Transportation wise, your tractor trailer industries, I'm sure the increase in five miles per hour will be significant in their transportation of goods," Trooper Alexander said.

There are stretches of highway with the speed limit of 55 miles-per-hour and those will stay the same; the only rural areas of interstates and parkways will be changed.

"Your larger metropolitan areas will continue to be 55 because of the mass number of vehicles that are going to be on the roadway," Trooper Alexander said.

Trooper Alexander said KSP will be out in full force when the new speed limit signs go up and they will not be lenient on speeders.

"We're enforcing the speed limit just as it is. Seventy is going to be the speed limit and and if your speeding you will be stopped and cited," Trooper Alexander said.

He hopes drivers won't take advantage of the new law.

"Take what the state has given them and use it and don't try to abuse that," Trooper Alexander said.

"No, they'll go faster." - Kentucky Driver

"Not too much, I'm pretty careful." - Kentucky Driver

"I'll follow it, I won't go too much past that." - Kentucky Driver

The Department of Highways said safety research could take about two months to complete. New signs could be installed within a few weeks of bill's approval.

To learn more, visit www.kentuckyvotes.org by clicking here and to view the press releases concerning this story, click on the following links:

  • Press Release 1
  • Press Release 2


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