New law could raise speed limits across Oklahoma

Ponca City Now - May 15, 2016 8:48 am

(Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin removes speed limits in Oklahoma, but a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman says drivers should not expect widespread changes.

House Bill 3167 was signed by Fallin Monday and deletes from state law the speed limits for turnpikes, interstates, four-lane divided highways and some two-lane highways. The law gives ODOT authority to set the speed limits.

But ODOT spokeswoman Terri Angier told the Tulsa World that there is no intent to raise speed limits statewide. Angier said the law allows the department to consider specific situations, if requested.

House Speaker Jeff Hickman is a sponsor of the bill and says it allows ODOT to make adjustments as needed based on engineering and traffic studies.

The law goes into effect Nov. 1.

 

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