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No need for speed

December 23, 2010 - Frank Robinson
I can't believe I'm actually agreeing with Bob Hagan, the liberal Youngstown Democrat. But it's OK. It's not really about politics.

The Associated Press reported recently that Hagan was responding to a question about the idea of increasing the speed limit on Ohio's intertstate highways to 70 mph. The new speed limit was approved this week for the Ohio Turnpike.

The Ohio Turnpike Commission agreed to increase the speed limit from the current 65 mph for all vehicles on the 241-mile toll road. It kicks in, oddly enough, on April Fool's Day. For the speed to be increased on interstates, it would require action by state lawmakers. That's where Hagan comes in:

"The faster the people are going, the more danger there is," Hagan told The Columbus Dispatch.

I have to say -- especially when it comes to tractor trailers and those double-trailer trucks -- I agree.

People mostly drive about 70 to 75 mph in the 65 mph zones. Theoretically, at 70, they will be driving 75 or 80.

I just don't see the need for that. Speed kills. It's that simple. If you have a tire blow out or have to dodge an obstacle on the road, it's much more difficult at 70 or 80 mph compared with 60 or 65. The reaction times are very different.

Hopefully, drivers will feel like 70 mph is fast enough, and with the change on the turnpike, they will be driving the same speed they are driving now, but legally.


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