Ohio to try lower speed limits on highways during peak times

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--State officials gathered with leaders at The Ohio State University Thursday to discuss the state's investment in self-driving cars and drones. What the Ohio department of Transportation also unveiled was a plan to experiment with lower speed limits during peak drive times on busy interstates to cut down on the number of accidents.

ODOT Director Jerry Wray says the first highway to be affected would be I-670 under the proposal. Wray adds that the left shoulder lane would be opened as well, to help alleviate the traffic problem.

Wray adds, "We know between 3 o'clock and 7 o'clock if everybody would go 45 miles an hour, we could get more through-put and have fewer accidents."

The Department does not have the authority to change the speed limits during different times of the day, but Governor John Kasich is on board.

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