Pennsylvania “testing” a 70 mph speed limit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The commonwealth of Pennsylvania has one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake as they consider a 70 mile per hour speed limit on rural interstate highways.

A Penn State study of crash and speed data in pilot areas where the higher speeds have been in place for about year found no significant overall speed increases for cars or trucks.

It also says the percentage of vehicles going faster than the posted limit decreased by about a third.

The state is studying test zones with higher limits of 70 mph on sections of the turnpike, Interstate 80 in the center of the state and Interstate 380 in northeastern Pennsylvania.

It may be another year before the state decides if more roads should get the higher limits; Ohio has bumped up to 70 on most rural interstates and some other limited access highways.

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