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Speed-Limit Veto Chorus Grows

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper attending a colleague’s funeral told Gov. Rick Scott he should veto a bill increasing the interstate speed limit to 75 miles per hour, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Trooper Tod Cloud spoke with Scott at the funeral of Trooper Chelsea Renee Richard, who died on I-75 in Ocala while investigating a crash, the Times report. He suggested the state instead lower speed limits, particularly when the roads are wet after rain, according to the Times.

Scott says he hasn’t decided if he will veto the bill, which narrowly passed the House. Police groups such as the Florida State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police are debating a recommendation regarding the bill, while AAA Auto Club South advocates a veto, according to the Times.

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