Two state lawmakers are proposing lowering the speed limit from 70 mph to 60 mph between Falmouth and Brunswick. Crashes between Falmouth and Gardiner have gone up 32% since increasing the speed limit to 70 mph. There were 354 accidents on that stretch of I-295 in 2015 alone. The daily volume of traffic on I-295 has gone up 12% from 2009 to 2015, and enforcing the faster speed limit by pulling drivers over creates a hazard according to Maine State officials. It seems that the number of crashes has gone up along with the speed limit; throw in distracted driving, more traffic along with bad weather and safety becomes a real issue.

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