OSHP: crashes, fatalities increase after Ohio speed limits went to 70 mph

OSHP: crashes, fatalities increase after Ohio speed limits went to 70 mph

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state highway patrol says crashes and fatalities jumped after Ohio adopted a 70 miles per hour speed limit on many roads and highways.

A patrol report released Thursday found a 24 percent increase in crashes on 70 miles per hour roads, including 22 percent more fatal and injury crashes.

The patrol examined crash data from 2011 and 2012, before lawmakers increased the limits from 65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour, and two years afterward, in 2013 and 2014.

The change affected 570 miles of rural interstates and 398 miles of rural freeways.

The report said speed-related crashes jumped 16 percent while crashes related to lane changes jumped 66 percent.

The patrol is targeting high-crash areas but also encourages drivers to always buckle up and obey all traffic laws.

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