COLUMBUS, Ohio—Big changes are coming to Ohio’s interstates and highways as several new traffic laws take effect Wednesday.
The biggest change allows tractor-trailers to travel at 65 mph, NBC 4‘s Candice Lee reported.
Bill Braack a semi driver said he welcomes the new speed limit.
“It’s going to be a safety factor, I think. It’s not so much the speed of these rigs, it’s the difference in speed between us and the little cars that I think cause problems,“ Braack said.
The money for the conversion is coming from the state transportation department’s 2010-2011 budget, which was approved back in April.
However ODOT has plans to limit overtime and cost of materials.
“When they start their shift in the day tomorrow, their priority is to get those signs changed to reflect what the law is,“ said Nancy Burton, spokesperson, ODOT District 6.
Within the eight counties in District 6, there are 109 speed limit signs. ODOT crews will replace four signs while removing 62 signs.
Other speed limit signs will be covered with a white reflective material, hiding the old limit of 55 mph.
Burton said the savings is enormous, compared to buying and posting new signs.
Another law will go a long way in protecting tow truck operators.
The new law requires motorists slow down or move over when they see a tow truck on the side of the road.
The law carries a fine of $300 plus court costs for first-time violators. The fee will be $500 for second violations.
Another law provides for transition zones when speed limits drop by more than 20 mph—eliminating speed traps.
Drivers will also be required to turn on their headlights when they use windshield wipers in the rain.