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Sheriff Charlie Creel opposes legislation to increase speed limit

Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel was one of three speakers to oppose a proposed speed limit increase from 70 miles per hour to 75 miles per hour on Florida Interstate Highways.
On Dec. 19, Sheriff Creel was joined by Undersheriff Trey Morrison, John Ulczycki, vice president-strategic initiatives with the National Safety Council and Walter Dartland, executive director of the Consumer Federation of the Southeast.

The speakers told the media at the Florida Press Center in Tallahassee that increased speed on Florida highways will result in more deaths, higher insurance rates and reduced fuel efficiency.

“I spent 30 years watching people die on the roads and I can’t support anything that would add to that sad body count,” said Sheriff Creel, a 30 year Florida Highway Patrol veteran. “This proposal is a bad idea that would be a dangerous law.”

The number of crashes and fatalities has declined in Florida from 2007 to 2011 as motorists heed safety warnings and vehicle safety improves. Crash statistics dropped 11 percent and fatalities dropped 25 percent according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

The Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that an increase from 65 miles per hour to 75 miles per hour would result in a 12 percent increase in traffic crashes.
The proposed legislation has been sponsored by Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth.

In other motor vehicle issues in Wakulla County, the WCSO recorded 223 driving while license is suspended or revoked (DWLSR) citations from January 1, 2013 to Dec. 19, 2013.

The Wakulla Sheriff’s Office has investigated 178 traffic crashes that were not turned over to the Florida Highway Patrol. The WCSO has also made 59 DUI arrests. The crash and DUI statistics are from Jan. 1, 2013 to Nov. 20, 2013.

 

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