Three states recently enacted legislation to allow higher speed limits on some highways according to a recent press release from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Ohio, Kansas, and Texas have decided to allow speeds of up to 85 mph on certain stretches of road.
Kansas increased the speed limit on divided highways from 70 mph to 75 mph effective July 1, 2011. Ohio changed the speed limit on the Ohio Turnpike from 65 mph to 70 mph effective April 1, 2011. Texas took the boldest steps by eliminating an outdated nighttime differential, increased the number of miles that can be posted at 75 mph or 80 mph, and has increased the highest authorized speed limit to 85 mph on roads designed to sustain the additional speed. These changes take effect September 1, 2011.
Currently, 34 states have speed limits of 70 mph or higher on some portion of their roadway system. The IIHS and other groups have safety concerns at higher speeds, but history has shown that traffic deaths do not change dramatically simply because of speed limit increases. We’ll will just have to see whether this has any impact on Ohio car insurance, Kansas car insurance, or Texas auto insurance rates. Hopefully not.