Medina County, OH –
The highways of Ohio will not, at least hopefully, resemble a Nascar race, but you will be able push your speed from 65 mph to 70 mph, legally, on a good chunk of the state’s highways beginning on July 1.
“I don’t think it changes the way most people drive around here anyway, depending on how traffic goes, most people are doing 70 and sometimes more than that,” said Greg Benson of Medina County.
The new speed limit is limited to non-urban areas, as seen HERE.
The main issue on any highway is safety and now that the speed limit is going up to 70 mph you have to wonder if drivers will push there speed to 75 or 80 mph.
“Bumping it up to 70, people are going to want to do 75, they always want to exceed just a little bit, I think 65 is just fine,” said Joe Patsko who was at a rest stop on I-71.
“I don’t think it will change anything as far as safety because out west you have speeds that are 70 or 75 so I don’t really think it will hurt either way,” said truck driver Keith Sullivan.
The Ohio Turnpike is already a 70 mph zone, and 34 other states have posted limits of 70 or higher, so this is not a radical new idea.
ODOT spent about $8,000 on new sings that will be up by July 1.
Article and Picture Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News