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Friday, 22 August 2014 16:28

PA Joins 70 mph Club, NJ Not Likely to Follow Suit

Motorists breezing through parts of Pennsylvania are now able to set their cruise control at 70 mph without having to worry about getting a speeding ticket. Pennsylvania is the latest state to join the 70 mph club. A 100-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike south of Reading went from 65 mph to 70 mph last month. Pennsylvania also increased the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on stretches of Interstates 80 and 380.

Altogether, 37 states now have speed limits of 70 mph or higher, with some highways in Texas, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming allowing drivers to zoom up to 80 or 85 mph, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

New Jersey’s Department of Transportation told The Press of Atlantic City that there are no discussions with the Legislature to increase the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on any highways or the state’s three toll roads.

“Raising the speed limit above its current levels would neither be safe or prudent,” NJDOT spokesman Steve Schapiro said. “Higher speeds lead to an increase in the number and severity of crashes, injuries and fatalities.”

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