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No clamor for higher speed limit

Odds are that most Kansans will take advantage of the new 75 mph speed limit, up from 70 mph, coming to 807 miles of six Kansas highways as of July 1. But not everybody who responded to a new SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, felt a need for more speed: 50 percent disagreed with the Legislature's decision to hike the speed limit, including 63 percent of women and 66 percent of people 65 and older. Good for the Kansas Department of Transportation for declining to extend the 75 mph limit to the busy Wichita-area routes K-96 and K-254, which are not limited access and already accident-prone.