A New Bill Was Introduced In WV To Up Speed Limits To 80mph

CHARLESTON (WOAY) – Two West Virginia Senators introduced a bill on Wednesday that would increase speed limits up to 80mph on Interstates and some highways.

Senators Karnes and Maynard introduced SB 96 today and in part, the bill reads:

A BILL to amend and reenact §17C-6-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the establishment of an 80 miles per hour speed limit on interstate highways and four-lane limited access highways in this state; and providing an exception for portions of those highways passing through city limits.

The full bill can be read below:

 

WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE

2018 REGULAR SESSION

Introduced

Senate Bill 96

By Senators Karnes and Maynard

[Introduced January 10, 2018; Referred
to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; then to the Committee on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance]

A BILL to amend and reenact §17C-6-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the establishment of an 80 miles per hour speed limit on interstate highways and four-lane limited access highways in this state; and providing an exception for portions of those highways passing through city limits.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

ARTICLE 6. SPEED RESTRICTIONS.

  • 17C-6-2. Establishment of state speed zones.

(a) Whenever the State Road Commissioner shall determine upon the basis of an engineering and traffic investigation that any speed limit set forth in this article is greater or less than is reasonable or safe under the conditions found to exist at any intersection or other place or upon any part of a highway, said commissioner may determine and declare a reasonable and safe speed limit thereat which shall be effective at all times or during hours of daylight or darkness or at such other times as may be determined when appropriate signs giving notice thereof are erected at such intersection or other place or part of the highway.

(b) Effective July 1, 2018, the commissioner shall establish a speed limit of eighty miles per hour on interstate highways and four-lane limited access highways in this state: Provided, That this increased speed limit does not apply to portions of interstate highways and four-lane limited access highways that pass through the city limits of municipalities.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to establish an eighty mile per hour speed limit on interstate highways and four-lane limited access highways in this state.  The bill provides an exception for portions of those highways passing through city limits.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

 

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