CLEVELAND - Trucks and cars zip across the roadway at 70 mph. But only because they're traveling on the Ohio Turnpike -- the only road in Ohio where you can legally travel at that speed.
But the Ohio House and Senate are considering changes in the law that will allow drivers on rural stretches of Interstates 71, 77 and 90 to go as fast.
The changes are provisions of House Bill 51 being considered by the Senate Transportation Committee. They are part of Ohio's upcoming two-year budget proposal.
The change in the law would also bump speeds up from 60 to 65 mph for "outerbelt" sections through communities with fewer than 50,000 people. Speed limits in stretches that go through larger urban areas would be limited to 55 mph. The higher limits would bring Ohio up to speed with neighboring states.
If the changes take effect, the state would initiate a two-year study of crashes to gauge the impact of the increased speed.
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