Ohio Increases Speed Limits

Ohio Changes Increases Speed LimitOn your marks, get set, go! 70 is the new 65 in Ohio, as today marks the first day where highways between urban areas have just switched over from a 65 mph speed limit to 70 mph. Ohio becomes the 34th state to do so, after governor Kasich signed the amendment. The amendment also allows for an increase on speed limits on rural freeways.

The Dispatch reports:

“A study released last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that about 72 percent of vehicles exceeded the speed limit on highways in 2009, including about 20 percent that drove more than 10 mph over the limit. The average freeway speed was about 70.5 mph in 2009.” – The Columbus Dispatch

As for where the new speed limit will take effect, the Dispatch says,

“A study released last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that about 72 percent of vehicles exceeded the speed limit on highways in 2009, including about 20 percent that drove more than 10 mph over the limit. The average freeway speed was about 70.5 mph in 2009.” – The Columbus Dispatch

Drivers from all over coming for the 4th of JulyThis means that driving through states like Indiana and Michigan won’t mean a drop in speed. While it apparently won’t save more than 10 minutes on a two-hour drive, it is still a kind of neat addendum for our Ohio drivers. This change comes right before the 4th of July weekend, where AAA predicts that 34.4 million people across the country will drive to travel somewhere for the holiday weekend. Personally, I know I’m going to enjoy coming back from trips, and not having to tilt my speed once crossing the Ohio border. Hopefully this change will also increase safety and allow those to travel at the rate of speed in which others are driving, or “keep up with traffic.” Though it’s a small change in terms of mph, I’m sure many will view this as a good thing that Ohio has hopped on the 70 mph bandwagon.

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