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Bill Could Increase Speed Limit to 70 MPH on MD Highways

"I just think it's the appropriate thing to do," Edwards said. "People say well, if you make it 70, they're going to go faster, but that may or may not be a fact."
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Maryland House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill that could increase the speed limit on state highways.

The bill would allow the State Highway Administration to increase the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on some interstates and highways.

"Most interstate highways are built to 70 mile per hour speeds. That's what they were built for to begin with, and when they started, that's what they were. When we got into the gas crisis back in the 70s, they reduced it to 55, then gradually inched it back up to 65," said Sen. George Edwards, (R) -Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties. 

The SHA would determine what speed is safe on highways if it passes.

"Most people travel what they consider to be a safe speed of the flow of traffic," Edwards said. "Probably if you look at it, people who drive a lot slower cause more problems than the people that drive a little bit faster."

Edwards, who's sponsoring the bill in the Maryland Senate, says he thinks this would help traffic flow better on Maryland highways.

"I just think it's the appropriate thing to do," Edwards said. "People say well, if you make it 70, they're going to go faster, but that may or may not be a fact."

The bill now heads to the Maryland Senate. If it passes, it will head to Governor Martin O'Malley's desk for his signature. You can read it by clicking here.
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