Speed limits on certain portions of Maryland's highways would be increased from 55 mph to 65 mph if a bill passed today by the House of Delegates becomes law.
By a 96-36 vote, the house approved the bill, sponsored by Del. Dana Dembrow, D-Montgomery, to increase the maximum speeds on about 160 miles of rural interstates. Affected would be stretches of Interstates 95, 83 and 70.
The bill, opposed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer, now goes to the Senate.
Opponents said it would increase highway fatalities and fuel consumption. Backers said evidence from the 40 states that have raised their limits shows no increase in fatalities.