Three new bills dealing with speed limits in the Granite State are heading to the state House.
The first bill recommends increasing interstate speed limits to 70 mph, while the second bill recommends 75 mph. The third bill is asking for 65 to 70 mph, but only on Interstate 93, just north of Concord to the Vermont border.
Of the three, the bill to raise the speed limit north of Concord is getting a lot of support, officials said.
"The committee felt like (70 to 75 mph on the interstate system is) not safe. We felt that was too broad of a stroke, and we voted that down," said Candace Bouchard, chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee.
The third bill is excluding the stretch through Franconia Notch, which would remain at 55 mph.
"The committee felt that was more appropriate that the road was designed for 70 mph (since) the traffic isn't as heavy on that stretch of the highway," said Bouchard.
Sen. Andy Sanborn is supporting the third bill.
"Virtually everyone is driving 70 mph today, and with cars being so much safer, I ask the question, 'Why shouldn’t we?'" said Sanborn.
Sanborn said many of his constituents agree with the bill.
"An overwhelming majority of people, when you say, 'Should we raise the speed limit to 70 outside the urban area?' Virtually every person thinks it's a good idea because they are all going 70 mph today," said Sanborn.
The House will take up the bills Wednesday, and if passed, officials said it will go into effect January 2014.
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Is there one that you would rather see over another or do you think they all are a bad idea?