Speed Limits in Some Areas of Oregon Will Increase March 2016

Speed Limits in Some Areas of Oregon Will Increase March 2016

Oregon motorists who regularly drive in the central and/or eastern parts of the state will soon be able to put their pedals a little bit closer to the medal, as speed limits in these regions are set to increase this coming March.

That’s because HB3402, which was passed in Oregon in July 2015, will go into effect and increase speed limits in select areas on March 1, 2016.

One of the more prominent roads to be impacted by this new law includes Interstate 84 (between the Idaho border and The Dalles), where the speed limit will increase by 5 miles per hour (mph), jumping up from 65 mph to 70 mph. Several other highways that will see speed limits increase  this coming March include (but are by no means limited to) OR 31, OR 78, OR 205, U.S. 20, U.S. 26, U.S. 95, U.S. 97, U.S. 197, and U.S. 395.

To view a map of specific Oregon roadways that will see speed limit increases in about one month, click here.

No Passing Zone Changes in Central and Eastern Oregon

As Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) road crews perform routine maintenance and prepare highways for the upcoming speed limit increases, motorists will see more no-passing zones added to improve safety.

These can be easily identified by solid yellow lines where dashed yellow lines used to be. Authorities say that adding these no passing zones is an essential safety precaution, since raising speed limits makes certain passing zones less safe (as faster travel requires more distance to complete a passing maneuver).

Here, it’s important to point out that speeding is one of the leading causes of auto accidents. As the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates, the economic cost of speed-related crashes in the U.S. is nearly $41 billion per year. In 2007, nearly 31 percent of all traffic fatalities were the result of speeding, accounting for 13,040 deaths.

The Dangers of Speeding: How Often Speeding Causes Deadly Crashes in OR

To reveal just how deadly speeding is in Oregon, here is a look at traffic fatality statistics related to speeding (from the NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis):

State Total Traffic Fatalities

(in 2012)

Speeding-Related Fatalities by Roadway Function Class
Total Interstate Non-Interstate
Rural Urban Freeway and Express way Other Principal Arterial Minor Arterial Collector Local
Oregon 336 102 16 0 0 33 14 23 16

Interestingly, this data indicates that not one fatal traffic crash involving speeding occurred on an Oregon freeway or expressway (in 2012). This seems to suggest that speeding is a far bigger problem on non-interstate roads.

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