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New Lawmaker Wants to Raise Turnpike Speed Limit to 80mph!


Iconic author and humorist Mark Twain once stated, “I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's.” And here at The Lost Ogle, often times our articles on Oklahoma lawmakers are pretty good at providing evidence to support Twain’s claims when it comes to our politicians.

From sexism and sexual assault, to fear mongering and most recently messing with our medical marijuana, Oklahoma lawmakers are known for being ridiculous. However, things may be changing.  That’s because State Representative Daniel Pae of Lawton, America has put more thought and reason into one bill than all of his colleagues put into the entire 2018 legislative session.

Via News on 6…

TULSA, Oklahoma - An Oklahoma legislator is introducing a bill that would increase the speed limit along turnpikes.

The bill was proposed by State Representative Daniel Pae, a new lawmaker from Lawton.

It would raise the speed limit from 75 to 80 on turnpikes outside of city limits.

HOT DAMN. Now instead of puttering along at a slow and steady 75-mph, Oklahomans may soon be able to cruise at a cool 80 on the turnpike. Oh, who am I kidding. Everyone already takes a 75-mph speed limit as permission to travel at least 80, if not 85. But whatever lets me legally shave 7-12 minutes off of a trip to Tulsa to actually see a non-country musician perform in concert is fine with me.

We've been doing some research to find out what the speed limit is on turnpikes in neighboring areas. Drivers on Kansas turnpikes can go up to 75 and it's not unusual to see drivers on Texas turnpikes traveling at 85 miles per hour, which is their limit.

If this bill passes and Governor Stitt signs it, it would go into effect in November of this year.

Now, Governor Stitt's conservative ideology and anti-vaxxer stance doesn’t always align with my belief system. However, this could be his chance to redeem himself in this young registered independent’s eyes. If he can do us Oklahomans a solid by signing this new speed limit into law, I’ll return the favor by writing fewer articles that criticize his eyebrows.

Hayley has terrible eyebrows too. Especially for a millennial. Follow her on twitter @squirrellygeek

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