New 70 mph speed limits took effect along 76 miles of I-70 in Frederick County to Washington County, Maryland. In addition, a 31-mile stretch between US 29 in Howard County to MD 144 in Frederick County and a 45-mile stretch from MD 180 to the Pennsylvania line saw speed limits increase from 65 mph to 70 mph. These stretches of highway run through rural areas and do not include areas within the city of Frederick due to safety concerns.
With increased speed limits, it is even more important for drivers to pay attention to the road and avoid distractions, such as cell phones while operating their vehicle. Faster cars also mean an increased risk of more severe car accidents. Before implementing these speed limit changes, numerous studies were conducted to make sure that safety would not be compromised with a faster speed. In making this change the State Highway Administration says that they expect “to see more consistent travel speeds for vehicles, keeping I-70 conditions safe for thousands who travel the route each day.”
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