Millions rely on Ohio’s rural interstates to travel long-distance to and from work or school with average commutes ranging from 25-45 minutes. Over the course of a month, that’s a lot of time spent sitting in your car waiting to get somewhere. If you actually go the speed limit, times increase even more. Ohio’s rural interstates are the most efficient way of traveling long-distance, yet they are also the most frustrating to drive on. It makes sense to many to increase the posted speed limit as roads maintained by the state and federal governments are in good shape, and today’s cars are much more capable of driving high speeds safely.
Will Ohio Increase the Speed Limit on Rural Roads?
Because people already go so fast on rural roadways, many in Ohio have pushed to increase the speed limit. In fact, the speed limit on rural freeways was increased to 70 MPH from 65 MPH in 2013. Recently, proposals for a 75 MPH speed limit on the Ohio turnpike were included in a new transportation bill by state senators. An added provision to ban driving in the left lane on roads that have at least 3 lanes in the same direction was also added to discourage drivers from driving in the left lane unless they are passing or exiting the road. Several lawmakers and residents of Cleveland supported the 5 MPH increase, however the action failed due to safety concerns.
Raising the speed limit to 75 MPH would have made Ohio the nation’s second state east of the Mississippi River to have a speed limit above 70. This motion was scrapped due to the belief that allowing for a 75 MPH speed limit would lead to more accidents and the state of Ohio would potentially face lawsuits because of it. Proponents of the measure argued that accidents dropped since rural freeway limits increased to 70 from 65 in 2013. Still, stretches of freeway with the new 70 MPH limit had an increase in injury crashes after that limit was raised. Maximum fuel economy is also achieved between 55 and 60 MPH.
Regardless of the posted speed limit drivers tend to drive faster than what is advised. Perhaps it is best to keep the speed limit relatively low so that drivers won’t be tempted to accelerate to even higher speeds. Still, some argue that higher speed limits force drivers to pay more attention to their driving, as fewer would be texting at 75 MPH than at 65 MPH. It seems that speeding is just one out of many issues that remain to be addressed to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities we see on the roads every day.
If you’ve been the victim of a reckless driver’s speeding in Ohio, it’s time to contact your local Ohio accident attorneys to help you file a claim for your property damage and any injuries you may have sustained. Call 888-906-4943 today for a free consultation.