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Md. Senate OKs Speed Limit Boost to 70 on State Highways

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    There is a crash on Interstate 91 North in Middletown.

    The Maryland Senate has voted to raise the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on state highways.

    The Senate voted 39-7 for the measure on Thursday.

    Senate approval marks a milestone for the bill, which passed the House of Delegates last year, but stalled in a Senate committee. A similar bill is pending in the House this year.

    Sen. George Edwards, a Garrett County Republican, is the sponsor of the measure. He says other states have a speed limit of 70 mph, and that the increase would not be mandatory statewide.

    But opponents say it's dangerous. Sen. James Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat, says raising the speed limit will cause some drivers to push it to 80 mph. Brochin says he thinks that's too fast.