Bill SB0044 – if you don’t know what those numbers mean, it means that the highway speed limits in Maryland have increased the maximum speed from 65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour.
“Based on the Maryland Department of Transportation’s research, which examined the speed of 85 percent of drivers on a given road when unaffected by traffic or weather, the raised speed limit should not increase the number of crashes.” The State Highway Administration raised the speed limit on Interstate 68 to 70 mph last fall after conducting a safety review.
Maryland’s new governor, Gov. Larry Hogan signed the new maximum speed limit law this May and it took effect on October 1, 2016.
The increased speed limits apply to roughly 31 miles of I-70 from Maryland Route 144 in Frederick County to U.S. Route 29 in Howard County, and a 45-mile segment from the Washington County-Pennsylvania line to Maryland Route 180 in Frederick County.