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Proposal to raise speed limit to 70 in Massachusetts

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

Cars were zipping along I–95 in Mansfield, Massachusetts but soon, they might be going even faster.

A bill in the Massachusetts legislature would increase the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on this and other highways.

"Well no one is going 65 on this road anyway. So it seems to me to make it up to 70 would be fine," said Mark Baker who supports raising the speed limit to 70 MPH.

Truckers we spoke to support raising the speed limit, but some campers passing through think 70 is way too fast.

"I have no problems with 65. We are generally cruising at about 60 or 63 with our RV units," said Carl Zettle who opposes raising the speed limit to 70.

The Mass Turnpike would get faster speeds along with I–91 and I–95.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "The proposal is to raise the interstate speed limit in Massachusetts but that could cause problems for safety and traffic heading into Rhode Island."

While the speed is 65 in Attleboro; it drops to 55 at the Rhode Island state line; then to just 45 at the Pawtucket S–Curves.

Some drivers say 70 miles per hour on that approach would be dangerous.

"You now you are going to have to slow down immediately once you hit the border. And it could cause accidents there. I mean it congests here anyway, sometimes during the day," said Shawn Coffey, who opposes raising the speed limit to 70.

For now Rhode Island State Police tell us they'll have to study the speed limit proposal in the Bay State before taking a position, for or against it.

 

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