Lawmaker wants higher Ohio interstate speed limit

Ohio interstate highways speed limit could soon raise from 65 mph to 70 mph.

A state lawmaker wants to raise the speed limit on Ohio's interstate highways from 65 mph to 70 mph to be consistent with the Ohio Turnpike and the speed limit in neighboring states.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a similar 2009 effort by other lawmakers failed. Still, Republican state Rep. Ron Maag recently introduced a bill in the House that would make 70 mph the limit on all Ohio interstates.

He says neighboring Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia also use the 70 mph limit adopted for the Ohio Turnpike last April.

A State Highway Patrol spokeswoman says that agency has safety concerns about raising the speed limit.

But Maag says the interstates are designed to handle higher speeds and vehicle safety has improved.