drivers in Indiana will soon be allowed to travel a little faster on various
roadways in the state, thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels May 6.
new law – previously SB217 – takes effect July 1, but it might take
transportation officials longer to decide precisely where the higher limits
will be allowed. The Indiana Department of Transportation must pore over
highway blueprints to determine which highways can safely handle them.
general, the new law increases the speed limit to 65 mph for large trucks and
70 mph for all other vehicles on rural interstates and the Indiana Toll Road.
Limits on rural stretches of divided, four-lane highways such as U.S. 31 and
U.S. 41 will increase for all vehicles to 60 mph if approved by transportation
limits are 60 mph for trucks and 65 mph for cars on rural interstates and the
toll road and 55 mph for all vehicles on other four-lane roads.
Limits on freeways built to interstate
standards, including the U.S. bypass near South Bend, will likely go from 55
mph to 65 mph.
In exchange for higher speeds, drivers
pulled over for speeding will pay more in court fees to cover salaries for the
state’s judges and prosecutors.
The State Police also will be required
to log traffic
fatalities that occur on interstates and divided highways so lawmakers will have data to help them evaluate the law’s
effect on highway deaths.
many as 2,100 speed limit signs will need to be updated throughout the state,
which could cost taxpayers about $160,000, The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reported.