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Speed Limits Go Up on More Highways

Posted October 1, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Drivers on some stretches of North Carolina's highways can go a little faster starting Tuesday, and they won't be breaking the law.

The speed limit will be raised from 55 mph to 60 mph in some areas, and to 65 mph on others. This is the second speed limit change in two months.

The State Department of Transportation is raising limits on nearly 350 miles of highway, including a section of U.S. 64 near Raleigh, which was built to Interstate highway standards and is deemed able to handle cars moving at higher speeds safely.

These decisions were not made in haste, according to Sgt. Jeff Winstead of the Highway Patrol. He says months of studies showed that an increase in the speed limit did not necessarily lead to higher numbers of accidents.

Winstead says they are optimistic that drivers will adjust.