Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law Thursday that will increase the speed limit on Oklahoma turnpikes.
The bill will increase the speed limit from 75 to 80 miles per hour and on certain state highways from 70 to 75 miles per hour.
Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton, is the House author of the bill and Senator John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton, is the Senate author.
Pae, serving his first term in the Legislature, said he worked with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on the language of the bill and gained their support.
“While we wanted to increase the speed limit on our turnpikes and state highways, we also worked to ensure the safety of Oklahoma drivers,” Pae said. “We will use traffic and engineering studies that take into consideration things such as traffic density and infrastructure quality to determine where we could safely increase these speed limits.”
Pae said the speed limits in the bill will be implemented gradually, sensibly and safely.
Pae also worked with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation to include language in the bill pertaining to traffic studies to keep the state in line with federal regulations so we can continue to receive federal highway dollars.