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    Alabama Speed Limit

    Here is the most idiotic vote I have ever seen by a legislative committee.

    Reduced speed could be ahead for Alabama; bill would cut limits, create committee
    Thursday, April 10, 2008
    DAVID WHITE
    News staff writer

    MONTGOMERY - Maximum speed limits in Alabama would drop from 70 to 65 mph on interstates and from 65 to 60 mph on other highways with four or more traffic lanes, under a bill that took an early step toward becoming law Wednesday.

    The Public Safety Committee of the state House of Representatives passed the proposed law by voice vote. The entire 105-member House could debate the bill as soon as next week.

    The bill would take effect July 1 if passed into law this month and Aug. 1 if passed next month. The current legislative session must end by May 19.

    The proposal also would create a State Maximum Speed Limit Committee that could raise or lower the speed limits on state highways "for the purpose of conserving fuel and reducing serious injury or death in the event of a motor vehicle accident."

    The five-member committee would include five officials or their appointees: The governor, lieutenant governor, House speaker, state transportation director and state public safety director.

    The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Thad McClammy, D-Montgomery, said lowering speed limits could reduce fuel consumption and improve traffic safety. "There is a concern, particularly on four-lane highways, that speed is a problem," said McClammy, who chairs the Public Safety Committee.

    Rep. Elwyn Thomas, R-Oneonta, said lower speed limits could reduce highway traffic deaths and lower the demand, and maybe the price, of gasoline and diesel fuel.

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    Re: Alabama Speed Limit

    Once gas gets to $4 per and stays there, I am betting we will be seeing more of this... and it will be sold as a "conservation" measure but enforced as if it were a saaaaaafety issue - with fines and "points" on your license, etc.

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    Re: Alabama Speed Limit

    Considering our Legislature hasn't done diddly this session, I doubt this will pass. Who knows, they may come out of their funk and actually do their jobs. There's a reason we call the capitol complex "Goat Hill."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducky1776
    Considering our Legislature hasn't done diddly this session, I doubt this will pass. Who knows, they may come out of their funk and actually do their jobs. There's a reason we call the capitol complex "Goat Hill."
    Hey now, no goat slander!

    Goats are much more appealing than politicians.... ;D

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    Re: Alabama Speed Limit

    A hill for politiicans would be called "Cockroach Hill", although that isn't too flattering to cockroaches.

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