DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Governor Kasich signed the transportation bill into law Monday, approving the speed limit increase of 70 miles per hour on rural interstate highways.
The new law will take affect in three months on July 1.
Until then, ODOT will be identifying the locations that will be increased to 70 mph.
In just three months, drivers will be pushing the pedal to 70 miles per hour on rural parts of Ohio interstates like this stretch of I-75 leading into Montgomery County.
Right now, the limit is 65 miles per hour and drivers like OD Robinson would prefer to keep it that way.
"I just don't understand why there is so much speeding. But again, I'm getting up in years so I tend to slow down a bit," said OD Robinson, Miamisburg.
We caught up with the Miamisburg man as he pulled off 75 to gas up in Austin Landing.
"I drive it six days a week down south of middletown and back. He's concerned drivers will speed more with the 5-mile an hour increase.
Jack Howard isn't at all alarmed by the upcoming change. He believes 65 to 70 will be more convenient for his commute.
"I drive from Hamilton to Kettering every day,so I put a lot of miles on the interstate," said Jack Howard, Kettering.
We asked the Ohio State Highway Patrol if it felt the increase would be a safety hazard. The public affairs commander says it is too early to tell without any data.
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