Governor Schaefer opposes raising speed limit
This story first appeared in the Aug. 20, 1987, edition of the Baltimore Guide.
Drivers in Maryland already drive too fast and would only drive faster if the speed limit on the state’s interstate highways was raised to 65, Gov. William Donald Schaefer said recently.
“I don’t favor it,” he said of the higher speed limit, which Congress has permitted states to adopt on certain rural portions of interstate highways.
“When you go 55, they go by you like you’re standing still,” Mr. Schaefer said when asked about th e65 mph limit at a State House news conference.
“If you go 65, they’ll still go by you like you’re standing still.”
Changing the speed limit on any of Maryland’s 400 miles of interstate highways would require an act of the General Assembly and the governor’s signature. One group, the Maryland chapter of the Citizens Coalition for Rational Traffic Laws, already has said it will press the legislature next year to raise the limit.
According to the State Highway Administration, the sections where the speed limit could be raised include parts of I-95 north of Baltimore and between the Baltimore and Capitol Beltways, I-83 north of the Beltway to the state line, I-70 between the Beltway and Frederick and west of Frederick, I-81 from the West Virginia line to the Pennsylvania line, and I-270 from Frederick to Gaithersburg.