New law raises speed limit to 80 mph on Oklahoma turnpikesPosted: Updated:
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law that will increase the speed limit on Oklahoma turnpikes from 75 to 80 mph and on certain highways from 70 to 75 mph.
State Rep. Daniel Pae tells KTUL that the law will be implemented gradually, sensibly, and safely.
“While we wanted to increase the speed limit on our turnpikes and state highways, we also worked to ensure the safety of Oklahoma drivers,” Pae said. “We will use traffic and engineering studies that take into consideration things such as traffic density and infrastructure quality to determine where we could safely increase these speed limits.”
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol worked with Pae on the language of the bill.
A lawmaker has proposed a bill to increase speed limit on portions of Oklahoma turnpikes.
House Bill 1071, proposed by Rep. Daniel Pae (District 62 – Republican), would increase the speed limit from 75 mph to 80 mph for portions of the toll roads outside city limits.
A similar bill was introduced in 2018 to raise speed limit to 80 mph on four Oklahoma turnpikes. That bill passed the Senate, but stalled.