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Speed Limit Going Up In Southern Kentucky

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HOPKINSVILLE, KY.- Those with a ‘lead foot' will be happy to hear that the speed limit is going up in one part of Southern Kentucky.

In the southern part of the state the speed limit has been 55 mph, but on Tuesday Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced they're raising the limit to 65 mph.

Beshear said many people rely on their GPS units on cell phones or in their cars, which will avoid lower speed roads. He said by bringing the speed limit up on US 68/ Kentucky 80 they hope to make those GPS units route people through towns, like Russellville.

"It usually selects the route that is the quickest. It rewards roads with higher speed limits and punishes, so to speak, roads with lower speed limits," said the Governor

The Governor said the decision didn't come with considering safety. He said state engineers believe it can handle the higher speeds without putting drivers in danger. The new signs should go up in the next couple of days.

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