Hiking up the Speed to 70 MPH?

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LACKAWANNA COUNTY – A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to hike the speed limit on the interstates and turnpike.

Senator Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County says raising the speed from 65 to 70 miles per hour could help with traffic flow.

Some drivers stopping to fuel up off I-84 in Mount Cobb disagree.

"Watch the accidents that are taking place all over, I think it's too fast,” said Henry Huckabee of Lake Ariel.

Huckabee says he drives frequently for work and thinks mixing more speed with distracted drivers is a bad combination.

"I really disagree with that because everybody still uses their cell phones and I still see texting going on, which is dangerous,” said Huckabee.

Doug Gray has been traveling across the country in his motor home and says he couldn’t speed up if he wanted to, criticizing PennDOT’s highway repairs and more.

"These are the worst roads we've seen actually by far than any other state.  So raising the speed limit without the roads being improved would make no sense to me,” said Doug Gray of Colorado.

Many drivers say a speed limit change could also mean a change in fuel economy and how much money you're paying at the pump.

Some say higher speeds will mean more gas, but Jack Collins of Prompton has been driving this truck for 40 years and says a higher speed limit would save him fuel.

"You're not stopping and going a lot, you know? Once you get out there and hit your 70 mile an hour, you can go down the highway without a problem, you know? And you'd save fuel, too,” said Collins.

While other drivers say it’s about time Pennsylvania keeps up to speed with other states.

"It's 70 miles an hour, I was just in Texas, it's 75 and everything is fine there. All across the country the speed limit is 70 and it doesn't affect anything. It just makes traffic move a little faster,” said Jason Burke of Clarks Summit.

Right now the 70 mile an hour speed limit is only a proposal that may face a long road ahead in Harrisburg.


  • Keith Hinkel

    In open areas yes; but around congested areas 50 is plenty. Besides you read the article/saw the video–only truckers want more speed. Then more fuel used so higher taxes paid. 50 mph is enough.

  • Charly Lucky

    This a money maker, because this is how it works. They raise it to 70 mph, but double the speeding ticket cost, than it is now, if you are caught going over the 70 mph, understand?
    Lets say at 60 mph speed limit, and you are clocked doing 70 mph, ticket is $200. Now, 70 mph speed limit, and you are clocked doing 80 mph, ticket will be $300+. M O N E Y M A K E R !!!!!

  • Sundown

    well this is a stupid idea! why? because peeps already drive 10 over th elimit EZ, soooo you WANT them driving 80?!?!? I feel SO much safer now, doesn’t this twit whose stupid idea it was read about all the crashes of late?!?!?!

Comments are closed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.