Revving Up The Speed Limit In Some States

By Emma Koch

Revving Up The Speed Limit In Some States

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM EDT

UNITED STATES, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Five state legislatures have voted to increase speed limits on certain divided highways within the state, following the lead of Texas which bumped up the speed limit to 85 mph in one area last year.

According to USA Today, Ohio and Utah are on board with raising the speed limits and are in full pursuit of the increase. Maine and Illinois considering the raise and deciding when would be the best time to implement an increase. New Hampshire's new law is set to go into effect in January.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that approximately 36 states have speed limits of 70 mph or above on some roads.

Speed limits were regulated by each state individually until the mid 1970s when Congress set a national speed limit of 55 mph and said they would withhold highway funds from any state that exceeded it. That changed in 1995 when the law was repealed.

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