Md. Senate OKs 70 MPH Maximum Speed Limit

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70 MPHGas is cheap, so why not go a little faster on the highway?* The Maryland Senate just passed (by a huge margin) a bill that would raise the speed limit on some highways in the state to 70 miles per hour.

The Baltimore Sun reports that if the House passes the bill, the State Highway Administration would be empowered to raise speed limits, but they wouldn’t be compelled to. But it would be pretty easy to do, since many expressways are already suited to handle vehicles traveling at 70 mph.

*Answer: Because it could increase the number of collisions. After the Intercounty Connector went from 55 mph to 60 mph in 2013, speeding tickets went down but accidents increased by 25 percent!

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