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75 mph dies in N.C. House

The N.C. House didn't want a law allowing posted speeds of 75 miles per hour on some highways. And as it turns out, even studying higher speeds was too much for most members.

The House rejected in a 44-64 vote a bill that would have had the state Department of Transportation study highways and propose four places where 75 mile per hour speed limits would be safe to test. The bill was a watered down version of a bill that would allowed DOT to increase speeds on some highways to 75 mph, five miles higher than the current limit.

House members said Thursday that raising speeds to 75 miles an hour is dangerous, and asking for four test projects would mean that higher speeds would eventually be allowed.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Neal Hunt, a Raleigh Republican, sped through the Senate with little opposition.

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