Senate Bill No. 253
(By Senator Schoonover)
[Introduced January 29, 1996; referred to the Committee
A BILL to amend and reenact section two, article six, chapter
seventeen-c of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to establishment of
state speed zones; and granting the West Virginia
commissioner of highways authority to raise speed limits for
interstate and controlled-access highways.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section two, article six, chapter seventeen-c of the
code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 6. SPEED RESTRICTIONS.
§17C-6-2. Establishment of state speed zones.
state road commissioner West Virginia
commissioner of highways shall determine upon the basis of an
engineering and traffic investigation that any speed limit set
forth in this article is greater or less than is reasonable or
safe under the conditions found to exist at any intersection or
other place or upon any part of a highway, said commissioner may
determine and declare a reasonable and safe speed limit thereat
which shall be effective at all times or during hours of daylight
or darkness or at such other times as may be determined when
appropriate signs giving notice thereof are erected at such
intersection or other place or part of the highway: Provided,
That beginning the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred
ninety-six, the West Virginia commissioner of highways shall
raise the speed limit on interstate highways within this state to
seventy miles per hour and shall raise the speed limit on
controlled-access highways within this state to sixty-five miles
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to grant authority to the
West Virginia commissioner of highways to raise the speed limit
on interstate highways to seventy (70) miles per hour and on controlled-access highways to sixty-five (65) miles per hour.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.