Highway 97 speed limit increases to 65 mph on Tuesday

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The speed limit on most sections of Highway 97 will go up from 55 to 65 miles an hour March 1st.

The 65 mile an hour speed limit signs are already in place, early Tuesday morning, ODOT workers at both ends of Highway 97 will begin turning those signs to face traffic. Speed limits are also going up on several other highways east of the Cascades.

A lot of traffic on Highway 97 already goes 65 miles an hour. KOBI News asked Trooper Michael Nork of the Klamath Falls office of the Oregon State Police if the speed increase means that police are going to let motorist go 75 miles an hour. He replied, “In a word, ‘no’.  The speed limit will be 65, and that’s where it will be enforced.”

If you check to see if police are going to let you go a little over the limit, Nork cautions that the ticket isn’t cheap. “It’s the lowest available, it’s called a ‘D’ violation – and that would be a $110 fine,” he said.

The speed limit increase does not apply to Highway 97 south of Klamath Falls, though the speed limit increase is expected to be put in place in the near future.


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