Could state highways soon see a 70 mph speed limit? If one state legislator has his way it could.
Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati sent out a memo seeking co-sponsors on a bill that would raise Pennsylvania's speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on some highways. More than 30 states already have speed limits, Scarnati said, noting that "increased speed could mean "more efficient delivery of goods and services throughout the Commonwealth."
"Pennsylvania's maximum speed limit was set at 65 mph in 1995 under Governor Tom Ridge," he wrote in the memo. "In the 18 years since that time automobiles have not only become more fuel efficient but technological advances have also led to better built vehicles which are far easier to handle and drive at increased speeds."
Here are some local thoughts on the projected change:
“That would be dumb to do! People drive fast enough already!” – Emma Ahrensfield
“I think 70 is too fast. There are parts of I-80 where it would be easy to lose control of a car. We had the same debate when it went from 55 to 65. States west of here have 75 and 80 mph, but those roads are flat and straight. A blown out of a tire can be fatal; and sometime people haul mattresses, bikes or what have you. A bolt flying off a rig can ruin the windshield. I think PA should leave the speed limit the way it is.” – Roger Brodzinski
“Why would changing make any difference, they drive that already. If not faster.” – Kathleen M Matukaitis-Kelley
“People run 80 on 80 because PA is one of the lowest speed limits on highways. Many states are 70 or 75.” – Tonya Yasovsky
“Good idea because it can shorten travel time. Also, in states like Florida the speed limit is 70, and people actually do that speed limit.” – Matthew Oyster
“No, Then people will start driving 80 mph. There's too many people getting killed on the roads as it is.” – Kathy Showers Gaugler