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Trooper asks Scott to reconsider speed limit bill


OCALA, Fla. - A Florida Highway Patrol trooper mourning a colleague killed after being struck by a vehicle wants Gov. Rick Scott to reconsider a bill that would raise the highway speed limit to 75 mph.

Scott joined hundreds of law enforcement officers at the funeral Thursday for Master Trooper Chelsea Richard. She died May 3 being after being struck by a vehicle while standing alongside Interstate 75 near a traffic accident.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that during the funeral, Trooper Tod G. Cloud told Scott that the Florida Legislature's approval of a bill that would raise the speed limit from 70 mph to 75 mph "wasn't a bright idea."

Cloud said he would like to see a law that would drop the speed limit to 55 mph when highways are wet.