Speed limit to rise next year on Ohio Turnpike

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The speed limit on the Ohio Turnpike will rise next year, from 65 mph to 70 mph.

Spokeswoman Lauren Hakos says members of the Turnpike Commission voted 4-1 on Monday to approve the increase, which applies to all vehicles. It takes effect April 1 along the 241-mile turnpike.

Hakos says commissioners hope the higher legal speed will entice more drivers - particularly those behind the wheel of trucks - to use the toll highway instead of secondary roads.

Car drivers entering the turnpike at the western state line are now required to slow down from the Indiana Toll Road. It has a 70 mph limit for cars, though trucks and buses may not exceed 65 mph.

On Ohio's east side, the Pennsylvania Turnpike limits all traffic to 65 mph.

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