Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the maximum speed limit on Florida highways to rise to 75 miles per hour.
In explaining the decision, Scott said he was responding to safety concerns raised by law enforcement officers, the News Service of Florida said. “While the evidence suggests that increased driving speeds are not the sole cause of traffic accidents, they clearly contribute to the increased severity of vehicle crash outcomes in the form of needless injuries and deaths,” Scott wrote in a veto message.
The bill was passed by the House last month by a 58-56 vote after vigorous debate, the News Service of Florida said. In addition to police and highway patrol officers, the bill drew opposition from the auto club AAA.