Wisconsin lawmaker argues for 70 mph speed limit bill, says change would improve traffic flow

  • Article by: TODD RICHMOND , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 1, 2013 - 3:20 PM

MADISON, Wis. — A Republican lawmaker tried to persuade a legislative committee Tuesday to approve his bill that would raise Wisconsin's speed limit to 70 mph, saying the change would improve traffic flow and allow commuters to spend more time at home.

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playadudeOct. 1, 1312:59 PM

It makes sense. !973 a raise in oil prices took a raise in prices. In 1974 the national speed limit was set at 55 by President Nixon. Today cars are safer, roads are better, MADD and the enforcement of DUI's are greater, and we really don't care how much we spend in gas, increase the limits. The government is not held responsible if I live or die on a freeway going 55 why should that change at 65/75 or higher?

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reallyfolksOct. 1, 13 2:32 PM

playadude, the government may not be held responsible, but the government often ends up paying for individuals injured in crashes that have head injuries or other injuries that impact their ability to return to normal life. Even if you assume there will be no increase in the number of crashes, at higher speeds the severity of crash-related damage increases - and that's just simple physics.

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bh1963Oct. 1, 13 2:40 PM

Welcome to the 21st century Wisconsin! Heck, right now, you drive 70 mph on I-94 in WI, most cars (and semis) will blow right on by you. I'd like to see 75 mph on rural interstates, like I-90 in MN and 94 west of St. Cloud. South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas are all at 75 mph.

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segavinOct. 1, 13 2:44 PM

Playadude - Thank you for that concise and pointed comment. I'm hopeful that you understand it. I'm not sure about the current dynamics of the average passenger vehicle in 2013, but I do know that MY gas mileage isn't significantly affected when traveling 70 vs 65 mph. The reality is already stated in this article - the majority of interstate drivers are already going at least 70mph. I don't see any significant impact on safety from this bill.

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dirtydogsOct. 1, 13 2:44 PM

If it means getting beer to Minnesota faster, I say go for it.

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jimjimjimjimOct. 1, 13 3:00 PM

Both cars and roads are engineered for higher speeds. The laws are engineered to collect fines for speeding. Enough already!

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Kathy_BrandtOct. 1, 13 3:14 PM

It would get me through Wisconsin faster on my route to elsewhere. Go for it!

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la55122Oct. 1, 13 3:21 PM

The 65mph limit makes it easier to ticket Minnesota motorists, who end up paying exorbitant fines to Wisconsin. Remember "Keep Wisconsin Green, drive over the limit". In 50 years of driving in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, all 6 of my speed tickets have been in Wisconsin!

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bdthompsonOct. 1, 13 3:25 PM

First, raising the speed limit does not necessarily result in more accidents. By raising the limit closer to what folks are driving, there becomes less speed differential among the vehicles. This is what causes more problems than just traveling 5 mph faster. Second, having traveled through WI several times in the last few months on long drives to the East, WI drivers seem to be even worse than MN drivers about 'camping' in the left lane. By raising the limit maybe some of these drivers will not be compelled to hang out in the left lane. And if the Patrol would enforce the no texting laws, that would help more than anything. I'll bet that most of the legislators that are not in favor of this because it is 'too dangerous' are guilty of talking/texting while driving. But they wouldn't outlaw phones because that would impact themselves.

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Kathy_BrandtOct. 1, 13 3:45 PM

Did you ever notice that there are so few rest areas along the freeways in Wisconsin? I think their motto should be "We don't take cr*p from anyone!"

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