ICC speeding tickets drop sharply since speed limit increase

Officials raised the speed limit on the ICC to 60 in March. Photo: Kris Van Cleave

Speeding tickets on Maryland's Intercounty Connector actually decreased sharply after transit officials raised the road's speed limit this past March, WTOP reports.

A series of documents obtained by WTOP transportation reporter Ari Ashe indicates that between April 1 and May 31 of this year, speeding citations dropped by 30 percent year-to-date.

The Maryland Transportation Authority raised the speed limit on the 14-mile toll road from 55 to 60 mph during the last weekend of March. An earlier WTOP report said that between the time the road opened in November 2011 through March of 2013, law enforcement officers issued just short of 7,000 tickets.

MDTA officials told Ashe that the plan all along was to enforce a lower-than-normal speed limit on the ICC for the first year before raising it. However, they also say that raising it further to 65 miles per hour is not in the cards.

The new express lanes on the Capital Beltway recently followed suit, bumping up its speed limit from 55 to 65 earlier this month. That stretch of toll highway runs between Springfield and McLean.