Ohio Bill Raises Top Speed Limit To 70 MPH

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Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Despite warnings from safety advocates, a group of lawmakers wants Ohio to join 32 other states that have raised speed limits to 70 mph or higher on certain roads.

State Rep. Dan Dodd, a democrat from Hebron, says Ohio should allow drivers to catch up with the rest of the country.

He's a main sponsor of a bill getting its first hearing before a house transportation committee on Wednesday.

The plan already faces opposition from the State Highway Patrol.

Lt. Shawn Davis says the main contributing factor in fatal crashes continues to be people driving too fast.

Ever since Congress repealed a national speed limit law in 1995, the trend has been for states to keep pushing speed limits higher.

Texas and Utah have an 80 mph limit on some roads.

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