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Speed Limit Increases Responsible for Thousands of Extra Roadway Fatalities, Study Finds

Workers install 80 mph speed limit sign in Nevada Nevada DOT workers install new speed limit signs on I-80 in 2017. (nevadadot via YouTube)

A new study of maximum speed limit increases on U.S. roadways from 1993-2017 has concluded that more than 36,000 lives could have been spared if states had not increased their maximum speed limits over the 25-year period.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 23, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Nebraska Senate Moves to Hike Speed Limit

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The Nebraska State Legislature has given its first approval to legislation that will increase the speed limit on state highways and expressways by 5 miles per hour.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 27, 2018
Government, Business

Pennsylvania Set to Raise Speed Limit to 70 MPH on Bulk of Turnpike


In the wake of a trio of 20-month-old pilot programs during which the speed limit has been raised from 65 to 70 miles per hour on more than 200 miles of major highways in the state, Pennsylvania will unveil a permanent rise to 70 mph on 496 miles of its 552-mile turnpike (90%) in May.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2016

Illinois Governor’s Veto Triggers Debate On Different Speed Limits for Trucks, Cars

A controversy over truck speed in Illinois has reignited debate over whether large differentials in truck and car maximum speed limits cause an increase in the number of crashes.

August 25, 2014

Illinois Increases Speed Limit to 70 MPH

Most freeways in Illinois have a new maximum speed limit of 70 mph as of Jan. 1, the Illinois Department of Transportation reports.

Transport Topics
January 2, 2014

ATA Opposes Texas’ Decision to Allow 85 MPH Speed Limit

American Trucking Associations has urged Texas to reverse its decision set a speed limit of 85 miles an hour — the fastest in the nation — for cars and trucks on a soon-to-open portion of a toll road between Austin and San Antonio.

September 17, 2012

Illinois Truck Speed Limit Rises to 65 mph

Illinois’ law allowing truckers in most parts of the state a 65-mph speed limit took effect Sunday.

Transport Topics
January 3, 2012

New Kansas Speed Limit Brings Safety Concerns from Trucking

A new, higher speed limit in Kansas could cause safety problems if trucks are governed at lower speeds than the new limit, the head of the state’s trucking association said.

Timothy Cama | Staff Reporter
June 28, 2011