Ohio Governor To Sign Speed Increase Bill

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Ohio is joining 35 other states with higher speed limits.

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the bill Monday, boosting
Ohio's speed limit to 70 miles per hour on rural highways.

It's not the first time Ohio interstates are making changes to the speed limit.

"It used to be 70 mph a long time ago and they reduced the speed to save fuel," says Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks. Washington County is one place were drivers will see the change.

"Putting the speed limit at 70 is probably going to get closer to what people are traveling right now," Sheriff Mincks says.

From 65 to 70, even though the increase is only 5 mph....

"If you are traveling 140 miles and you're going 70 mph, it will take you two hours. In two hours, if you're going 65 mph, you're only going to go 130, so you're 10 miles off. That really is not too huge of a difference."

Ohio drivers are still excited to get to their destinations faster.

"The speed limit should be raised to 70 because we can go at a faster rate and get to places faster. There would probably be less traffic on the roads because we would get there faster," says Alex Robinson, an Ohio driver.

But faster speeds can also mean more accidents...

"If you are going 70 mph and you try to stop, the stopping distance is going to be a lot longer. If you can't stop, you may hit something in front of you that you don't want to. I may have some concerns about reaction time. If you're going to be traveling at a higher degree of speed, I think you're going to have to travel at a higher rate of caution,"Sheriff Mincks explains.

Caution Ohio drivers will need to pay more attention to.

"It might be a little dangerous because some people don't wear seat belts," Robinson says.

"No texting. If you're going up the road texting at 70 or 75 mph, the time, the distance you pass in a short second. You take your eyes off and look back up, it's a long ways," Sheriff Mincks adds.

The law will take effect in 90 days. Specific details as far as which interstates will apply to the changes will be announced at a later date.

It also sets the maximum speed limit for interstate freeway outer belts in urban areas at 65 mph and on freeways in congested areas at 55 mph. For questions on which interstates apply, contact your local law enforcement agency.

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