Lawmakers Reach Deal On Raising Speed Limit To 70 MPH


UPDATED: Tuesday March 19, 2013 11:38 PM

Lawmakers have come to an agreement about a proposed 70 mph speed limit.

According to conference committee members, lawmakers reached a deal on Tuesday that would raise the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph along highways outside of urban areas.

Lawmakers are expected to vote on the deal by the end of the week.

Truck driver Eric Benfield knows Ohio highways pretty well since he's based out of Dayton.

Benfield, and many other truck drivers 10TV talked to Tuesday night support changing the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph.

"As long as it's kept for trucks and cars the same, I think that'd be fine," Benfield said.

"My truck does 65 and that's good enough for me," said truck driver Ron VanHorn, who said he opposes the change.

Other drivers also said they oppose the change because of safety concerns.

"I don't think a lot of drivers are responsible enough to abide by the law and go 70," said driver Gerald Cummings.

But driver Mike Schmid said he doesn't see a problem with an increase. "Actually, I'd like to see it increased to 75," he said.

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