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Higher Fla. speed limits may be approved

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

State Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg is co-sponsoring a bill to bump the limit on certain highways up to 75 miles per hour.

"This just acknowledges that fact that many drivers are driving a few miles an hour over the speed limit, and we should therefore adjust the speed limits in those area where it's safe and advisable," said Senator Brandes.

He suggests roads like Alligator Alley, or perhaps stretches of the Veterans or Suncoast expressways, would be likely candidates.

"We could imagine rural, straight, flat areas would be the ones this would be applicable to," he said.

On the other side of the road, the AAA Auto Club wants to put the brakes on any increase, citing safety concerns.

"The states who have gone past 70 [mph], statistics show that the speed-related fatalities are much higher," said Karen Morgan of AAA.

The bill being considered leaves it up to the Florida Department of Transportation to decide where the higher limit could go.

AAA worries we will see something called "speed creep."

"We would hate to see this become a moving target," Morgan said.  "So, we move it up to 75, people are gonna feel they can go inch up to 80. We would hate for that to keep happening."

Both House and Senate bill are making their way through the State Legislature.

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