The need for speed

Higher speed limits take effect on some Ohio roads.
Associated Press
Sep 29, 2013

The speed limit is increasing on some parts of U.S. and state routes throughout Ohio this weekend.

The changes take effect today on more than 600 miles of road in the state's second round of speed-limit increases this year. Drivers should respect the current speed limits until new signs are posted, Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman Melissa Ayers said.

The legislation taking effect raises the speed limits to 70 mph on rural freeways, 60 mph on rural divided highways and 65 mph on rural expressways that don't have traffic control signals.

Drivers will be able to zip down the road at 70 mph on Route 68 near Springfield, Route 2 through Erie County, Route 33 near Lancaster, and much of Route 11 between Ashtabula and Youngstown, among other affected areas.

The legislation also makes speed limits uniform for cars and trucks on a given roadway, so drivers on some roads may see the truck limit increase while the maximum legal speed for cars remains unchanged, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

"Raising speed limits is not something the state takes lightly," ODOT Director Jerry Wray said in a statement. "We put much time and consideration into identifying roadways where speed limits could increase while maintaining a safe commute for Ohio motorists."

The department said the changes require 1,100 new or replacement highway signs, most of which are expected to be installed by Friday. Just over half of the signs are brand new; the rest will be placed over part of an existing sign. Making the signs cost the state about $115,000.

Three months ago, Ohio raised the speed limit for both cars and trucks to 70 mph on some rural interstate highways. Those changes affected 570 miles of interstate highway. A 70-mph limit also is in place for the Ohio Turnpike along its full 241-mile route across northern Ohio.

Ohio is among 35 states that have a 70-mph limit posted on some roads.

Such speed-limit increases have been opposed by groups including the Ohio Insurance Institute, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and other groups that contend higher speeds are more dangerous.



ODOT maps of speed limit changes:



Señor Clown

While I'm glad to see a uniform speed limit for both passenger vehicles and heavier trucks, I'm not too convinced that raising the speed limit is a good idea. The turnpike should be one of the safest places to drive, being a limited access, divided highway with (usually) plenty of lanes of travel, no cross traffic, no stop lights, et cetera. There seems to be no shortage of accident reports from the turnpike, although maybe it's not disproportional to the amount of traffic. I can say that by increasing the speed limit on the turnpike to 70, now you have heavy trucks that run 65-75, and passenger vehicles that run 70-85 weaving through the lanes trying to pass everyone else, all while 15 feet off each other's bumpers. Now we'll also get to experience the pleasure of trying to make a left turn across traffic on highways like 250 and 20, where everyone will be driving 65-70+ mph and cruising in the left lane for no reason.

From the Grave

Raising the speed limit will of course increase the number of accidents. I guess people feel like their airbags and anti-lock brakes will keep them safe, but I think how you drive is the only thing that will keep you safe. Faster is NOT safer. I'll dig some extra holes...


I drive the Ohio Turnpike daily, one of the biggest problems is people not following the signage that states "Slower traffic keep to the right" some people will drive constantly in the far left lane at 55 MPH, when in traffic alongside trucks this blocks everything. What I see is typically people driving between 65 and 80, I run about 78 max in open areas, I am only occasionally passed so (Clown) 85 is not typical. I see truckers running about 70 to 73 typically. Of course all of this is based on weather and conditions, I do see most people slow down in poor weather. I also see drivers from all states, NJ drivers tend to drive faster and more aggressive, MI I thought would but not as much. One place I see many problems is at on ramps, some people are in a real hurry and do not yield to thru traffic, pull onto the Turnpike into traffic making others yield and then they will cut across lanes immediately to get around others and are dangerous. I think the Highway Patrol, at least in my eyes takes all the conditions into consideration when stopping people. After all it is all about safety so going 80 MPH in a downpour says to me ticket for you!


Good to see.

What p*sses me off is traveling through IL with their d*mn 65 MPH on the inner states. Increases travel time.

I jokingly tell my spouse that states like IL CARE about us more than those like OH who allow motorists to travel at 70.

Of course, IL is broke and they use speeding tickets as a revenue source. Surprising that they haven't reduced inner state speed limits to 55.

The dumb (bleeps) who travel in the left lane while talking or texting on their smart phones tend to be the biggest pains in the *ss.




I have to laugh at remarks like yours. I am one of those older ladies. I drive in the right lane except when passing vehicles. I also use my turn signal to let people know that I will be using the PASSING lane. Most of the people I pass are older people. I have noticed that the younger people are the ones who don't know the rules of the road. Just recently I noticed a young person who drove in the left lane for 6 miles. Give ME a break!!!!!!!!!


LOL, good job grandma :

"drove in the left lane for 6 miles" This summer construction I had two side by side doing about 45 and down to two lanes, it was frustrating so I just browsed the internet, LOL kidding!


Keep the blue hairs out of the left lane!!!

nosey rosey

In the state of Ohio it is perfectly legal to drive in the left lane for 6 miles or 60 miles. But when a faster vehicle comes up behind you, get the heck out of the way! The statement that until the new signs are put up you should drive the old speed limit is BS. The speed limit changed today and that's the speed I will drive. See you in court if you try to give me a ticket and I will present the state's own website as my defense.


No Rosey, if you're not passing, you have no business in the PASSING lane. If there's an empty space to your right, you belong in it. When a faster vehicle comes up, they shouldn't have to slow down and wait for you to move over, as is typically the case with clowns who, as you advocate, cruise in the passing lane.