Don’t count on being able to legally drive faster on Iowa highways. A bill that would have raised the speed limit on Iowa Interstates to 70 for cars but kept it at 65 for semis cleared a House Committee in early February. But House Republican Leader Christopher Rants of Sioux City says the Senate Transportation Committee wasn’t interested in passing the bill, so there’s no use in wasting debate time in the House on it.Rants believes most Iowans want a higher speed limit, but he says it’s mainly those who want the lower limit who are contacting their lawmakers. Rants says despite the posted speed limit, 75 is the normal travel speed on most Interstates. Rants says studies show people drive at the speed they feel is safe and reasonable, regardless of the posted speed limit.
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