Bill Introduced to Increase Speed Limits on Wisconsin Highways
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ASHWAUBENON, Wis.- A new bill introduced at the state's capitol today proposes raising the speed limit on Wisconsin's major highways from 65 miles per hour to 70mph. This comes on the same day as neighboring state, Illinois signs the same bill into law, but is raising the speed limit a good idea?
It's a debate over speed that has a lot of people talking.
"I think people are responsible enough to control their cars at 70mph," said Sam Lanasa. He's from Ohio, where the highway speed limit is already 70mph.
Others don't agree so much. "I think that would cause a little bit more accidents on the highways than there already are," said Ann Brockman. She's from Green Bay and likes the 65mph speed limits.
Today lawmakers discussed the pros and cons of a new bill introduced by Manitowoc congressman, Paul Tittl.
"Tittl talks here"
With Illinois adding their name to the list, 37 states have an interstate speed limit of 70mph. That includes all the states surrounding Wisconsin. It's a trend that has some safety officials concerned.
"When you crash at these very high speeds, the levels at which states are raising speed limits to, you overwhelm all of the safety structures that are built into modern vehicles," said spokesperson for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Russ Rader.
According to him accidents increase when speed limits go up, but politicians seem to think otherwise, posing the question will Wisconsin be next to speed things up?