Ohio Bill Raises Top Speed Limit To 70 MPH

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Ever since Congress repealed a national speed limit law in 1995, the trend has been for states to keep pushing speed limits higher.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

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Steve Location: Belpre on May 20, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    This change in speed limits brought to you as a service of The Auto Insurance Companies of America (AICA). Afterall, where would insurance companies' profits be without auto accidents and citations?
  • by disgusted Location: ohio on May 20, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    Hey Just Me: How about proofing your comments before posting them. Also, how about you using a turn signal every once in a while, or do they not install them on vehicles in WV...Ohio drivers are probably trying to avoid hitting a WV not using their turn signal!!!
  • by Mike Location: Vienna on May 19, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    I say take the cars off the road! horse and buggy is the way to go, they don't need fossil fuel, they dont damage the roads, and most of all everyone can stop worrying about going too fast ..
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2009 at 02:52 PM
    How is this a green choice for Ohio? I thought we limited the speed limit to 55 mph to SAVE gas back in the 1970s. There isn't any more gas flowing these days, is there? WHY would we want to increase the speed limit and lower efficiency? I will still drive 55, so watch out for me on the highway, alright? Thanks.
  • by duh on May 19, 2009 at 01:52 PM
    First, Everyone knows our cars were made to be most fuel efficient at 55 pmh.Second, increased speed limits resulted increased MoRTality. efficiency is the BEST way to lower our dependancy on foreign oils, decrease consumption of fossil fuels, and increase the life of our vehichles and decrease our mechanic bills. Oh yeh, our roads wouldn't need repaired as often, and our bridges weren't even built to withstand speeding traffic! So, there are just a handful of reasons why EVERY STATE should go back to the 55 mph speed limits! No one wants to make the changes or sacrifices needed.
  • by Steve Location: Parkersburg on May 19, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    If only the Buckeyes now will just learn to use the gas peddle when traveling in the passing lane. I am sick of having a buckeye come up on me fast on 77 and then cruise right next to me hogging the lane while doing the speed limit. In WV the left lane is a passing lane learn this please. One day last week while traveling past Mineral Wells I was passed buy two Ohio drivers. One as you can guess was hogging the passing lane so the one behind passed in the right hand lane. No big deal right. The passer then immediately returned to the left hand lane after passing the other vehicle with absolutely no other vehicles for as far as one can see in either lane ahead of them. Talk about idiotic drivers.
  • by Kay Location: Ohio on May 19, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    Take a trip on any major highway in Ohio and you know the trucks already drive 70mph. They own the road and you better stay out of their way, now it will be worse.
  • by just me Location: vienna wv on May 19, 2009 at 12:01 PM
    it would be about time - you can always tell an Ohio driver - they are either driving on the wrong side of the road or going way too slow or when they are over here: that's how it is!
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