State Sen. George C. Edwards is sponsoring a bill that aims to raise the maximum allowed speed on highways in the state from 65 MPH to 70 MPH.
Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany/Washington, spoke in favor of the measure at a Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee meeting Thursday in Annapolis.
"If you go to all the surrounding states, other than Pennsylvania, most of the interstate highway systems have 70 MPH. The interstates were built to that capacity," Edwards said.
The Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Maryland Sheriffs' Association are opposing the bill.
"Recognizing that speeds on roads are often determined by design and engineering conditions as well as usage, we are concerned from a public safety standpoint about increasing permissible speeds to these levels," the associations said in a letter sent to the Senate committee.
"Where there is an accident, the likelihood is that the resulting damage and injuries will be more severe the faster the vehicles are traveling," the letter said.