DeWine hints at veto if speed limit increase included in Ohio’s transportation budget

Gov. Mike Devine is strongly suggesting that if his fellow Republicans in the legislature pass the speed limit increase, he should veto it.

The Senate version of the transportation budget will increase speeds on highways outside cities from 55 mph to 60 mph and on two-lane state highways from 60 mph to 65 mph. The budget version of the House does not provide for an increase in speed limits.

DeWine voted against lifting federal speed limits when he was in Congress in 1995. He continues to oppose raising speed limits, pointing to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that shows that even a small increase in speed limits can lead to more fatal crashes.

“The data clearly shows that if we increase the speed limit even by 5 miles per hour, people will die in Ohio who would not die if we kept the speed limit as it is today. It’s not worth the sacrifice. our loved ones on the highway,” DeWine said. “Therefore, I am categorically against any change in the speed limit, up to and including raising the speed limit.”

According to the IIHS, speeding is responsible for more than a quarter of car crash deaths in the United States. over 30 years.

When asked about DeWine’s comments, Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) did not support raising the speed limit, saying some speed increases make sense, but perhaps not all.

“There are many different roads, many different highways and many different things. So if this is western Kansas, I think you can go 75 mph. But I think everyone should be safe. ‘ Huffman said. “However, we will see what we are going to do with this particular provision.”

The Ohio Senate is likely to vote on the state’s transportation budget this week. It must be passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate and signed by DeWine by March 31.

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