|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Spengler of Colchester, Bray of New Haven, Stevens of Shoreham and Zuckerman of Burlington
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
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,
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.
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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