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Maryland Autobahn? House Votes to Increase Speed Limits on Interstates

Maryland lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow speed limits on interstate to increase to 70 mph.

Maryland lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow speed limits on interstate to increase to 70 mph. File|Patch
Maryland lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow speed limits on interstate to increase to 70 mph. File|Patch

Drivers could step on the gas just a bit under a bill approved by the Maryland House that would raise the speed limit on expressways and Interstate highways from 65 to 70 mph.

The bill unanimously passed in the Maryland House, and now goes to the Senate, reports The Baltimore Sun. The change would apply to parts of the federal interstate highway system and limited-access highways such as the Intercounty Connector.

It’s not a done deal that the bill will win passage.

Last year, a bill unanimously passed the House last year that would have allowed a 70 mile per hour speed limit on Maryland interstates, says the Carroll County Times. However, the bill never got a vote in the Senate Judicial Proceedings, which is the next stop for this year’s bill.

Currently, 38 states have speed limits of 70 miles per hour on some portion of their roadway systems, the Times says.

The Maryland Department of Transportation says that speed limits have little effect on how fast most people drive. So it suggests limits at or below the speed at which 85 percent of motorists drive on any given road.

Buck Harmon February 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Solutions are very rare, that's the reason that the cycle of playing with speed limits will continue...no big deal either way..
Chuck Burton February 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM
When legislators consider distracted driving accidents caused by texting, etc., they should also consider those caused by people fiddling with GPS, and such. There is a law against video screens in the driver's view, but informational screens, common on most modern cars, get a pass. Yet these can be a distraction, too, and often require fiddling with buttons, etc. to operate. We badly need the vehicles that drive themselves automatically to our destinations while we sit back, look at the scenery and get fat on munchies.
Steven Spiegel February 23, 2014 at 06:02 PM
I also drove on the Autobahn at age 18 when I drove a 5 ton wreaker and I drove there for 3 years . I didn't see but 2 or 3 accidents the whole time I was there and I see that on any given day here . I think education is more important . If we educate the American Citizens like they did the Germans we could have what they have HWY's with no speed limit . I believe they should have public awareness commercials to educate the masses on proper driving educate.
Blvd Bruce February 23, 2014 at 07:51 PM
Your right. I still see too many people texting and talking on the phone. As far as I know, this law is not, nor ever will be enforced. And I see too many clueless drivers doing stupid stuff.

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