Troopers in the state of Ohio say they’ve given out fewer tickets on those stretches of the Buckeye State’s highways where the speed limit was raised to 70 mph several months ago.
Why is this relevant? Because those who initially opposed the speed limit increase did so because they were convinced there would be more accidents.
The Ohio highway patrol says that in July-September of 2013, roughly 19,000 speeding tickets were issued on the twelve rural sections of the interstate highway system where the speed limit increase took effect. That’s actually fewer tickets than were issued on the same stretches of road in the previous two years, reports the Columbus Dispatch. Admittedly, though, that number is higher than the five-year average (from 2008-2012) for the same months. This year, there were five hundred more tickets written.
Still, officials remind us that three months of data isn’t enough of a sample to draw any real conclusions, though they also believe the evidence supports the higher speed limit.
Interestingly, the National Motorists Association supports higher speed limits because of “herd mentality” – drivers drive at the speeds where they feel safe, and which allow them to keep up with prevailing traffic. When speeds are too low, more people are ticketed, but when the speed limit is increased, fewer tickets are written.
Nevertheless, the core issue is really one of safety. Most car crashes in Ohio in 2011 were, after all, the result of speeding.