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    Fox/Leland

    Bill

    HR: 3,024A BILL TO MODERNIZE

    INTERSTATE SPEED LIMIT

    REGULATIONS

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    A BILL TO MODERNIZE INTERSTATE SPEED LIMIT REGULATIONS

    Be it enacted by this Student Congress that this Bill seeks to benefit the American

    Economy by improving the efficiency of Federal Interstate Freeways.

    Section 1: General Overview

    1A: The Interstate Modernization Act will serve to update current federal speed limit regulationsto parallel the modernization of motor vehicles. Therefore, current speed limits will change tomodel after the Autobahn rules of Germany. According to the Transportation Research Record,in general, there is no speed limit on the autobahn, except for designated stretches ofroadway The German government recommends a speed limit of 130 km per hour, or 81 miles

    per hour.

    1B: By means of the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution, The Interstate

    Modernization Act will serve to increase the efficiency of Federal Interstates. In essence, motor

    vehicles will be provided more freedom in terms of speed due to significant improvements in

    safety and efficiency. Furthermore, private and commercial motor vehicles will together benefit

    due to reduced commute travel times as well as reduced cross-country travel times on Interstate

    Highways.

    1C: In the drafting of The Interstate Modernization Act, maintaining adequate safety has been asecondary priority to improved Interstate efficiency. Safety has been held as a secondarypriority due to research suggesting that increased speed limits within Germanys Autobahn hasnot affected fatality rates. German studies, as reported by the Transportation Research Record,have shown the rate of fatal accidents is no higher in stretches without speed limits than inspeed-restricted areas.

    1D: Under The Interstate Modernization Act, there will be no general speed limit in federally

    determined derestriction zones. Rather, there will only be a recommended speed of 80 mph.

    However, speed limits will remain in effect in heavy traffic areas, metropolitan areas, and high

    hazard areas (IE: Mountain Pass Zones, Steep Incline Zones, Construction Zones)

    Section 2: Enforcement Guidelines

    2A: The States will be in charge of enforcement of federal derestriction zones by means of

    State Patrol agencies already in place. Also the States will be responsible for providing the

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    adequate training to officers that will patrol derestriction zones. Furthermore, States will be

    responsible to provide officers with vehicles capable of speeds over 150 mph. They can do this

    by purchasing federally commissioned pursuit vehicles from American automakers defined in

    section 3D.

    2B: The states will be the sole benefiters of revenue gained from fines and licensing fees inorder to integrate into their budgets or to further increase enforcement of federal derestriction

    zones (recommended). If need be, States can apply for more monetary support through the

    Department of Transportation which will be the chief agency providing oversight of derestriction

    zones.

    2C: In derestriction zones the law would be that any amount of people can be in the motor

    vehicle under the recommended 80 mph, 2 people under 100 mph, and only 1 person in 100

    mph plus. Enforcement of these laws is designated in the next section.

    2D: The following enforcements will be implemented to regulate person amount in derestriction

    zones. In violation of the of the sub-100 mph 2 person rule, the fine shall be 500$. In violation

    of the 100 mph plus 1 person rule, the fine shall be 1000$.

    2E: The following enforcements will be implemented to regulate traffic laws in derestriction

    zones. All current Interstate traffic rules still apply, and fines in place already will remain the

    same dollar amount if offense occurs under the recommended 80 mph. However, upon

    exceeding the recommended speed, the fine amount for traffic violations triples.

    2F: The following enforcements will be implemented to regulate reckless endangerment

    offenses in derestriction zones. Any reckless endangerment offenses (IE: Racing, Aggressive

    Driving, Road Rage) that occur under the recommended 80 mph, shall be subject to theconsequences already in place. However, upon exceeding the recommended speed, the effect

    of the consequences shall triple. (IE: tripled dollar amounts in fines, tripled lengths of license

    revocation periods, tripled jail times for the most severe of offenses)

    2G: The following enforcements will be implemented to regulate persons with a DUI in

    derestriction zones. Any person with a DUI cannot exceed the recommended 80 mph within 3

    years of receiving their license back. In violation of this rule, the offender shall be subject to a

    3000$ fine and revocation of their license for 1 month.

    2H: The following enforcements will be implemented to regulate persons with a recent accident

    on record in derestriction zones. Any persons who were the sole cause of a recent accident onrecord cannot exceed the recommended 80 mph within 6 months of the accident on record. In

    violation of this rule, the offender shall be subject to a 500$ fine as well as restart on the initial 6

    month probation period.

    2I: The following enforcements will be implemented to regulate drivers with a learning permit in

    derestriction zones. Any persons with only a learning permit are not allowed to exceed the

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    recommended 80 mph. In violation of this rule, the offender shall have their learning permit

    revoked for 2 years or till the age of 18 (whichever is longer), and they must redo all the

    requirements upon the end of their revocation period to attain a license.

    2J: The following enforcements will be implemented to regulate newly-licensed drivers in

    derestriction zones. Any newly-licensed drivers are not allowed to exceed the recommended80 mph within 6 months of receiving their license. In violation of this rule, the offender shall be

    subject to a 500$ fine as well as restart on the initial 6 month probation period.

    2K: The following enforcements will be implemented to regulate under-qualified drivers (no

    learning permit, no license) in derestriction zones. Any under-qualified drivers caught shall be

    subject to same consequences already in place if not exceeding the recommended 80 mph.

    However, if the under-qualified driver is caught exceeding the recommended speed, then the

    offender will have their vehicle impounded for a minimum 90 days and must pay a fee of 1000$

    to attain their vehicle along with the storing and towing expenses.

    2L: The following enforcements will be implemented to regulate large/oversized vehicles in

    derestriction zones. Any vehicles over 7,000 pounds are not allowed to exceed the

    recommended 80 mph. Only federally approved vehicles defined in section 3E exceeding the

    7,000 pounds are allowed to exceed the recommended speed. In violation of this rule, the

    offender driving the vehicle shall be subject to a 500$ fine.

    2M: The following enforcements will be implemented to regulate motorcyclists in derestriction

    zones. Any motorcyclists are subject to the same fines stated above and must adhere to the

    traffic rules already in place that are specific to motorcyclists. Therefore, motorcyclists are

    allowed to exceed the recommended 80 mph.

    2N: The following enforcements will be implemented to regulate foreign motorists and vehicles

    in derestriction zones. Foreign Motorists are expected to adhere to same laws and fines as

    American Citizens. Therefore, Foreign Motorists have the obligation reading appropriate

    material defining the new Interstate regulations that shall be provided to them upon entering the

    country.

    Section 3: Federal Spending

    3A: Projected Federal spending in terms of a dollar amount shall be handled by the

    Appropriations Committee. Therefore, the necessary Federal money designated in the sections

    below will be determined by the committee. Upon passing, the portion of the Federal Budget

    used in the implementation of the Interstate Modernization Act shall be funneled through The

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    Department of Transportation.

    3B: All Federal money involved in the implementation of the measures stated above shall be

    funneled through the Department of Transportation. Thus, the Department of Transportation

    shall be the chief agency providing oversight to the transition and operation of the new Interstatesystem. Federal money will be provided to install a permanent division within the Department of

    Transportation specific to the new Interstate system. The division will manage the money

    affiliated with this new Interstate system as defined in the next sections below.

    3C: Necessary Federal money will be needed in order to change the signs already present on

    Interstates to the appropriate signs necessary for the new Interstate system. Costs will include

    the production of new signs, the recycling/disposal of the old signs, and all the affiliated labor

    and shipping fees.

    3D: Necessary Federal money will be needed in order to change Interstate laws formally, and to

    produce new material outlining the new Interstate system to inform drivers and law enforcement

    agencies. Costs will include undergoing leg