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People React to Bill Proposing to Raise Md. Highway Speed Limit

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SALISBURY, Md. -- Maryland lawmakers voted Mar. 5 to increase the maximum speed on interstate highways by 5 miles per hour.

The Salisbury Bypass is the only stretch of highway on Maryland's Eastern Shore that has a top speed of 65mph. It could soon change to 70mph if lawmakers get new legislation passed.

Supporters of the bill, including republican House Delegate Wendell Beitzel, said the increase would help speed up getting people where they need to go.

Some drivers in Salisbury agree, including truck driver William Johnson from Somerset County.

"Being a truck driver, it benefits us," said Johnson, "I think 70 would be great," he said.

Salisbury University student Andrew Lynch agrees with the House-approved bill.

"I think it's a great idea," said Lynch. "Everybody already goes 70 anyway."

Lynch's friend Landy Taylor feels similarly.

"That's why there's a fast lane," said Taylor, "it's a passing lane so the experienced drivers can get by."

Some people who agree the speed limit should increase are concerned about drivers who push the needle a little too far, especially on roadways where the limit is below 65.

"What concerns me more are people going 80 miles an hour on Route 50," said Colin McAllister. "I could easily see that being 65 miles an hour."

But some drivers think any speed increase is unnecessary.

"I mean just last Sunday there was a pileup on the bypass and you can go 70 on the bypass," said Vanessa Jackson who was driving a van full of small children when WBOC caught up with her.

"What the world needs is Jesus, not an increase in speed limit," she said.

But drivers shouldn't rush to go faster on the bypass yet, as the bill still needs to clear one more hurdle.

If the legislation is approved by Governor Hogan, Maryland would be the 23rd state to have a top speed of 70mph.

But Maryland's Department of Transportation said even if the bill does pass, speed limits would continue to be set on a case by case basis.

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