Mississippi House Votes to Up Speed Limit

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(DeSoto County, MS) John Fields was in a hurry to get to Ole Miss Wednesday to celebrate national signing day.

Still, he didn't like the idea of raising Mississippi's speed limit so he could get there faster,  'I'm not for it. I think 70 is high enough because people go 75 and 80 right now, so I think it's fine where it is."

The House of Representatives voted 115 to 5 to raise the speed limit to 75.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

Police say they don't mind, but drivers will likely lose that 10 mile an hour cushion we all assume we have when it comes to speed.

'I think what you'll see from law enforcement standpoint is a reduction in tolerance. The speed limit may be 75 but you may still get a ticket at 80 or 81 now" said Southaven Police Chief Tom Long.

The bill would apply to all interstates and controlled access highways.

Police point out a 75 mile an hour speed limit will not apply to high-congestion areas like the stretch between the State line past Goodman Road.

Those areas will stay at lower speeds.

Law officers don't believe it will result in more traffic deaths.

But police warn, the faster speed comes with more responsibility, especially when it comes to tailgating.

But John Fields isn't convinced, "Just leave well enough alone."

Transportation Commissioners say they`ll get input from law officers before taking any action.