Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Keeping Pace the Turnpike's 70 MPH Limit Is the New Normal

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Keeping Pace the Turnpike's 70 MPH Limit Is the New Normal

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has decided, after a lengthy study, to raise the maximum speed on the highway from 65 to 70 mph. While the Post-Gazette has been among the skeptics that higher speeds offer benefits that outweigh safety risks, the 18-month test of 70 mph in a long stretch in the middle of the state showed no ill effects - in fact, traffic accidents decreased.

As they say in investment disclaimers, actual results may vary as 70 mph becomes standard across the system. But there's no reason to object to the commission's decision, which appears to be based on best practices. The 55 mph limit will remain in the areas where it exists today: tunnels and their approaches, and around certain toll booth areas.

Pennsylvania joins the majority of states allowing a speed limit of 70 mph or above. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, only nine states have limits of 65 mph or below; laid-back Hawaii thinks 60 mph is fast enough. In wide-open Texas, 85 mph is the max in specified areas, though we suspect many drivers treat that as a guideline, not the law. …

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