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70 mph limit takes effect on some Ohio highways

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The speed limit was officially raised from 65 to 70 miles per hour Monday on more than half a dozen highways across Ohio.

Troopers say the raised limit is not a license for drivers to break the law. They were out in full force, checking for drivers who are still pushing the speed barriers.

Drivers can now hit 70 mph legally on parts of I-75 between Perrysburg and Dayton, but the limits don't change in Findlay or Lima.

The increase applies to five other highways in other parts of the state, mostly in rural areas.

The bump up on the more than 500 miles of highway is getting mixed reviews from drivers.

"Usually people are doing 70 anyways. So really 70 isn't a big change from 65," says Donny Rayford. " I don't see a big problem with it."

"Raising the speed limit will probably just raise the distractions," says Chelsea Rogers. "People will just drive even faster. I think we should have just kept it where it was."

Troopers say it's important to ramp up patrols with 41 million Americans expected to travel this week for the holiday. The speed limit increase keeps traffic moving, but safety is still the number one priority.

We're told additional enforcement will be patrolling throughout the summer months to ensure people are travelling safely.

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