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
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
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.