Virginia is about to become the 34th state to increase the speed limit. Depending on the area of travel, some drivers will be able to legally drive faster. Virginia is about to increase the speed limit on rural stretches of the highway to 70 miles per hour, or even higher. The current speed limits in those areas are 65 miles per hour. The General Assembly raised the speed limit and Governor Bob McDonnell supports this increase.
However, the President for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that higher speeds on these roads, or any roads for that matter, are dangerous. The supporters of this bill have reviewed statistics that indicate that highway deaths and fatalities are declining even with the speed limits rising. They further believe that modern cars and trucks are designed to operate safely at 65-70 miles per hour.