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UPDATE: Lawmaker proposes increasing speed limit to 70 mph

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Republican lawmaker says he's confident Wisconsin's speed limit will be 70 mph by the end of the year.        

Rep. Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc) unveiled his proposal to increase the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on freeways and expressways at a Capitol news conference Tuesday.

The speed limit on those roads hasn't changed in more than 17 years, but with Illinois raising its speed limit to 70 on Monday, Wisconsin is now the only midwestern state stuck at 65.

"The bill is a common sense bill and raising the speed limit has bipartisan support and it will help people and let them get to their destinations a lot more quicker," said Rep. Tittl, who says he believes most people are already driving 70 mph on the interstate right now.

Rep. Tittl says his measure will allow people to spend more time at home, while helping businesses move their products faster.

"We can increase the speed and do it safely," said Rep. Tittl.

University of Wisconsin Traffic Engineering Researcher Andrea Bill concurs.  While some past studies showed faster speeds led to more crashes, Bill says there are now more factors taken into consideration.

"Is it that cars are getting better? Are distractions getting more?  Is it speed related or is it because of any number of other factors that happen?," asks Bill.  "So to determine whether its speed related crashes is a difficult situation."

The bill would also still allow Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials to set lower speeds on areas of urban interstate where there is more traffic, such as they do in the Milwaukee area now.

"What we've seen in other states is when they have increased the speed limit, they've kept it to more of those freeways or those interstate roadways," said Bill.

While Rep. Tittl expects the bill to become law, there are still some hurdles.   It does not yet have a co-sponsor in the Senate and Governor Walker has not said where he stands on it at this point.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin lawmaker proposes increasing the speed limit in Wisconsin from 65 miles per hour to 70.

Republican Rep. Paul Tittl, of Manitowoc, officially unveiled his proposal Tuesday at the Capitol and said he's confident it will pass the Legislature and be signed into law by the end of the year.

However, Gov. Scott Walker and his transportation secretary have yet to take a stance on the proposal. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos did voice his support.

Tittl said he doesn't yet have a co-sponsor for the proposal in the Senate.

Monday, Illinois became the 35th state on to raise its speed limit to at least 70 mph. All of Wisconsin's neighbor states now have a 70 mph speed limit.

Greg Neumann will have more on Tittl's proposal and reaction from a traffic crash expert tonight in 27 News at 5 and 6.

 

 

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