Indiana newspaper analyzes crash data

| 7/27/2006

Traffic fatalities and speeding tickets have increased in the year since Indiana state lawmakers approved boosting the speed limit for cars and trucks on six interstates.

According to analysis from the Indianapolis Star, traffic fatalities have jumped 40 percent along those sections of the highway and citations for speeding have increased 10 percent. However, overall deaths on Indiana roads dipped slightly.

Trooper Jeff Dolson said the Indiana State Police has boosted its enforcement of speed limits. Dolson told WNDU-TV in South Bend, IN, that Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration has made it a priority to keep all drivers at or under the posted speed limit.

The speed limit increases took effect July 1, 2005. At that time, the rural interstate and Indiana Toll Road speed limit increased from 60 mph to 65 mph for large trucks and from 65 mph to 70 mph for all other vehicles.

Limits on rural stretches of divided, four-lane highways increased for all vehicles from 55 mph to 60 mph in some areas.

The Star examined crash data for Interstates 64, 65, 69, 70, 74 and 80/90. Speeding ticket data is specific to zones with 70 mph limits for cars and 65 mph limits for trucks.