If memory serves me correctly, speed limits nationwide were reduced to 55 mph after the oil shocks of the 1970s to save energy and increase gas mileage. An added benefit was that fatal accidents also declined.
That is why raising the maximum speed limit to 70 mph in Maryland makes no sense. People are already regularly exceeding the posted speed limits and generally driving more dangerously.
If the posted speed limit were 70 mph, people would still exceed it by 10 mph or more, causing even more dangerous driving conditions and increasing the risk of fatal accidents, especially during inclement weather.
Not to mention using up more energy due to higher speeds and lower gas mileage that will cause a setback to efforts for meeting our energy conservation goals.
Raising the speed limit to 70 mph is clearly a bad idea for Maryland.
Larry Scheinin, Baltimore