Officials: Crashes increased with speed limits on Ohio roads

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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Highway Patrol says as speed limits on the state’s rural interstate highways have increased, so have crashes.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the state patrol says there’s been a 21 percent increase in crashes on interstate highways where the speed limit has been raised to 70 miles per hour since 2013.

Highway patrol troopers have investigated nearly 334,000 crashes on all roads, state routes and interstate highways from 2011 through 2015.

A state analysis shows that crashes jumped by 19 percent- from about 8,600 in the two years before the increase to about 10,200 in the two years after.

The patrol says that during that same time, fatalities decreased slightly from 48 to 43.

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