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70 mph takes over on Ohio Interstate 70

July 3, 2013

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Drivers can legally zip along some local stretches of interstate highway more quickly after a new 70 mph speed limit took effect in portions of Ohio Monday....

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Jul-03-13 8:43 PM

70-mph is a good step forward toward improving safety. Of the twenty-or-so traffic deaths weekly in Ohio, only one occurs on a rural interstate -- so most weekends are fatality-free on (now) 70-mph roads. Most long holiday weekends no one dies on a rural interstate either -- so now the Patrol should be able to start shifting emphasis toward crash-prone locations. Rural interstates have the LOWEST fatality rate among rural roads (just 0.54 compared to rates of 1.50 to 3.87 deaths per 100-million-travel-miles elsewhere). Rural superhighways accounted for less than 5% of Ohio's traffic deaths. And they have the lowest rate of so-called "speed related" crashes! That's why we build interstates: improved safety, fuel efficiency, and travel times by eliminating the common causes of crashes: intersections, opposing traffic in-the-next-lane, sharp curves, and roadside obstacles like trees and telephone poles.

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