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Maybe 75 mph is too much for some stretches of road

Any new law that leads to more injuries and deaths might be expected to lead to reconsideration by the Legislature as well. Yet such second thoughts about Kansas’ maximum 75 mph speed limit may be unlikely, because the 2012 change was viewed as pro-business. Given that highway deaths have jumped by 54 percent and injury accidents by 13 percent on the seven highways where it’s now lawful to drive 75, however, Brownback administration officials and legislators at least should reconsider whether the higher speed is appropriate in all the places it now applies. For example, traffic can make 75 mph seem excessive on the Kansas Turnpike through south Wichita and Topeka and on I-135 through Newton. – Rhonda Holman