Resolution would raise speed limit to 75 on parts of West Virginia interstates

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Life in the fast lane could get even faster in West Virginia.

The legislature passed a resolution that would give the Department of Transportation the ability to increase the speed limit on interstates from 70 to 75 miles per hour where appropriate.

West Virginia includes six interstates - including I-68 and 79 in North-Central West Virginia.

It would make West Virginia the third state East of the Mississippi River to have maximum speed limits set at 75 on sections of the interstate. The others are Michigan and Maine, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A 2017 national survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found nearly 25 percent of people believed that driving 15 miles per hour over the speed limit was completely or somewhat acceptable. That means under the proposed speed limit increase, those drivers would eye 90 miles per hour as an acceptable speed.

But it would also set them up as potential targets for police, who issue about 4 million speeding tickets nationally, according to AAA.

The resolution wouldn't necessarily increase speed limits across the board. There could still be exceptions in heavily populated areas or more dangerous stretches of the highway.

60 percent of those who voted on a WDTV.com poll said they were opposed to the proposed change.

Links to the House resolution and the IIHS speed limit report are available in the 'Related Links' section (Below on mobile; to the right on desktop).