Assemblyman O’Scanlon wants studies done before changing NJ’s speed limit

A New Jersey assemblyman would like to see studies done before changing the speed limit on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon wants to see studies done before changing the speed limits in the state.

Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon wants to see studies done before changing the speed limits in the state. (4/7/16)

EDISON - A New Jersey assemblyman would like to see studies done before changing the speed limit on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon says that the speed limit shouldn’t be set by lawmakers such as himself, but by traffic engineers. He wants to introduce a bill that would use engineering studies to set the speed limits on New Jersey’s roadways.

O’Scanlon says that he predicts that 65 mph is too slow for the Parkway because drivers usually travel 70 to 75 mph until they see police officers.

“All of a sudden, people are slamming on their brakes,” he says. “It’s hazardous and it needs to stop.”

O’Scanlon has been working on the legislation for the past year and hopes to introduce it within the next few months.

A spokesperson for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority tells News 12 New Jersey that the speed limits will stay as is because they are the appropriate speeds for the roads. The spokesperson says that there are no plans to discuss the possibility of changing the speed limit.

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