Now you’re speeding, now you’re not

Now it’s 60 mph — now it’s not!

Ohio is taking a look at bringing variable speed limits to some highways as a way to ease traffic congestion, following the lead of some other states. Gov. John Kasich included funding for the plan in his 2018-19 state budget last week. Legislators get the next crack at the idea as they consider the budget.

“When you look at the overall budget we are heavily focused on technology,” Ohio Department of Transporation spokesman Matt Bruning told our staff writer Lynn Hulsey. “We know that one of the most common causes of congestion is frequent start and stop,” Bruning told her. “If we can get everybody to slow down to a common speed the throughput of traffic goes more smoothly.”

The first test: I-670 through downtown Columbus, dropping the speed limit to 45 westbound in the morning and eastbound evenings during rush hours — trying to reduce stop-and-start driving.

A friend who heard this joked, “Great — another way for them to ticket me for speeding.” What do you think? Email rrollins@coxohio.com.

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