Will raising the speed limit on the Ohio Turnpike and all other portions of the state's interstate freeways reduce the rate of truck accidents and car crashes or increase them?
Recently, the Ohio Legislature passed a new amendment changing the current speed limit on the Ohio Turnpike from 65 miles per hour to 70 mph. This speed limit increase goes into effect on April 1, 2011 for all motorists including commercial truck drivers. In one of our previous blog posts last week, we reported that many individuals oppose this speed limit hike as they believe it will increase the number of car and truck accident on the Turnpike.
According to recent blogs and news sources, the Ohio Turnpike Commission is attempting to increase the speed limits on the Ohio Turnpike. The Commission would like to raise the speed limit for cars and truck to 70 miles per hour from the already posted limit of 65. However, not everyone is thrilled about this idea and many believe that the number of car and truck accidents will increase on the Ohio Turnpike as a result of the proposed change.
Two truck accidents on the Ohio Turnpike last week were caused by drivers that fell asleep at the wheel while driving.
Two major truck accidents caused huge problems for Cleveland commuters on Monday. The accidents occurred on Interstate 271 and the Ohio Turnpike, resulting in one driver's death, two closed highways and hundreds of stranded commuters stuck in traffic.
A car accident yesterday on the Ohio Turnpike in Shalersville left one woman dead and another injured. Sandra Pittenger, age 59, of Alliance, was killed when her vehicle ran off the road when trying to avoid another vehicle on the road.