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Ohio highway speeds hit 70 mph today
The state also is lowering late fees for vehicle registrations

by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Kabir Bhatia
 
In The Region:
The speed limit goes up today to 70 mph on rural stretches of Ohio interstate highways, including parts of I-76 in Portage County, I-90 in Ashtabula County and I-77 in Stark County.

Ohio already raised the speed limit on sections of its turnpike, and is the 35th state to post 70 mph speed limits on other highway sections.

The state is also more forgiving starting today if you're late renewing your vehicle registration. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is cutting the late fee today from $20 to $10, and the one week grace period will become one month.
Here's the list of Ohio highways with new speed limits:

I-76 - Just east of Akron to just west of Youngstown

I-77 - Just south of Canton to the West Virginia border

I-90 - Just east of Cleveland to the Pennsylvania border

I-70 - Indiana border to just west of Wheeling, W.Va., excluding Dayton, Columbus and Zanesville

I-71 - Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in southwest Ohio to just south of the Cuyahoga/Medina county border, excluding Columbus

I-75 - Just outside of Toledo to just north of Dayton, excluding Findlay and Lima 


Listener Comments:

Excellent: enforcement should be focused on crash-prone locations, not the super-side superhighways!

Of the twenty-or-so traffic deaths weekly in Ohio, only one occurs on a rural interstate -- so most weekends are fatality-free on (now) 70-mph roads. Most long holiday weekends no one dies on a rural interstate either -- yet where does the Patrol focus?

Rural interstates have the LOWEST fatality rate among rural roads (just 0.54 compared to rates of 1.50 to 3.87 deaths per 100-million-travel-miles elsewhere). Rural superhighways accounted for less than 5% of Ohio's traffic deaths. And they have the lowest rate of so-called "speed related" crashes!

That's why we build interstates: improved safety, fuel efficient, and travel times by eliminating the common causes of crashes: intersections, opposing traffic in-the-next-lane, sharp curves, and roadside obstacles like trees and telephone poles.

Superhighways carry long distance travelers, truckers, and tourists. I appreciate higher speed limits when I travel outside Ohio -- we should return the courtesy to our neighbors!

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics/2011/fi30.cfm -- fatality rates by State and road type.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics/2011/fi10.cfm -- fatalities by State and road type.
http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/23000/23100/23121/12SpeedCountsNumbers.pdf -- Low speeding crash rates on interstates.


Posted by: Duke Ganote (Cincinnati) on July 1, 2013 12:07PM
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