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Maryland Autobahn? Bill to Increase Speed Limits on Interstates Stalled

A Maryland lawmaker says a bill that would allow speed limits on interstates to increase to 70 mph won't be voted on in the Senate this session.

A bill that would allow speed limits on Maryland interstates to increase to 70 mph appears dead for this session. File|Patch
A bill that would allow speed limits on Maryland interstates to increase to 70 mph appears dead for this session. File|Patch

An effort to increase the speed limit on Maryland interstates and expressways to 70 miles per hour is stalled for this legislative session.

Maryland's House of Delegates approved the measure, but the bill apparently won't receive a Senate vote. It is stuck in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, and Sen. Brian Frosh, the committee chairman, doesn't plan to let it go any farther, reports WTOP.

Frosh says higher speed limits would lead to more deaths and pollution, with a marginal benefit of saving a minute or less on most trips.

The current statewide maximum is 65 mph. The bill would let the State Highway Administration or the Maryland Transportation Authority raise it if they chose.

Currently, 38 states have speed limits of 70 miles per hour on some portion of their roadway systems, the Carroll County Times says.

The Maryland Department of Transportation says that speed limits have little effect on how fast most people drive. So it suggests limits at or below the speed at which 85 percent of motorists drive on any given road.

You March 27, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Can we ask Sen. Frosh where he gets his statistics from? I am assuming from his comments that he is an environmental scientist and a logistics/ statistics expert, just saying. Sounds like typical bad science/ math that an "English or History major or Lawyer" who learned nothing about science and statistics in college would spout out.
Kolo Jezdec March 28, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Raise the speed limit slightly and be more diligent enforcing the cell phone ban. A car traveling at 75 mph covers 110 feet in one second. At optimum reaction time, that car will travel about 165 feet before the driver gets his foot on the brake pedal. Average stopping distance for a passenger vehicle (in good mechanical shape) at 75 mph on a well maintained dry road is 270 feet. That means the car travels about 435 feet from reaction to stop. This is under test conditions w/o having a cell phone conversation. Add in rain, poorly maintained road, traffic, etc, and the distance is longer.****Be safe out there. Put away the phone. Focus on operating that vehicle.
Matthew Riesner March 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM
I think its more important to not have people driving 55mph in the left hand lane or road hogging it in the left lane in the blindspot of a slower driver. This create jam ups and dangerous situations when people try to pass. As far a speed limit go, I would be in favor of placing digital speedlimit signs with a variable speed limit based on current driving conditions. In light traffic, on dry pavement without sunglare and good visablity, the speedlimit should increased, maybe even faster than 70, but when conditions are not so favorable, the speed limit could be dropped such as on rainy days, when there is sunglare, heavy traffic, at night, when approaching heavy traffic/accidents, etc.
Rockville libertarian April 01, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Mr Riesner, stop making sense.

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