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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.508

Introduced by Representatives Spengler of Colchester, Bray of New Haven, Stevens of Shoreham and Zuckerman of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; interstate highways; speed limit; 55 miles per hour

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to establish a maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour on the interstate highways.

AN ACT RELATING TO A 55‑MILE‑PER‑HOUR SPEED LIMIT ON INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 1004 is amended to read:

§ 1004.  DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER NATIONAL SYSTEM OF

              INTERSTATE AND DEFENSE HIGHWAY RULES; MAXIMUM

              SPEED LIMIT

(a)  Traffic committee authority.  The traffic committee has exclusive authority to make and publish, and from time to time may alter, amend, or repeal, rules pertaining to vehicular, pedestrian, and animal traffic, speed limits, and the public safety on the Dwight D. Eisenhower national system of interstate and defense highways and other limited access and controlled access highways within this state.  The rules and any amendments or revisions may be made by the committee only in accordance with chapter 25 of Title 3.  The rules shall be consistent with accepted motor vehicle codes or standards, shall be consistent with law, and shall not be unreasonable or discriminatory in respect to persons engaged in like, similar, or competitive activities.  The rules are applicable only to the extent that they are not in conflict with regulations or orders issued by any agency of the United States having jurisdiction and shall be drawn with due consideration for the desirability of uniformity of law of the several states of the United States.

(b)  Traffic committee rules.  Rules authorized by this section are effective on interstate and other limited access and controlled access highways only, taking precedence over those then in force and future highway laws and rules applicable to highways generally; however, the general highway laws and rules are effective on interstate highways until properly authorized rules providing otherwise are adopted. 

(c)  Rules, together with alterations and amendments of rules, made under this section have the force of law, and violations shall be traffic violations under section 2302 of this title.

(c)  Speed limit on interstate highways.  The speed limit on the Dwight D. Eisenhower national system of interstate and defense highways shall not exceed 55 miles per hour.



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