Assembly approves speed limit bill
Bill would increase speed limit to 70 mph
The state Assembly has approved a bill that would raise the speed limit on Wisconsin interstates.
The Republican measure would raise the current 65 mph limit to 70 mph. The proposal also would require state transportation officials to submit a study on the feasibility of raising the limit to 70 on other four-lane highways to the Legislature within a year.
"It's called an 85th percentile, and if you can get 85 percent of the people in or about the same speed it makes a safer roadway," said Rep. Paul Tittl, R-Manitowoc.
Assembly Democrats contended the bill would lead to more serious accidents and higher expenses for trucking companies. They said lawmakers should focus on job creation. But Republicans control the chamber and the bill ultimately passed 63-32.
"This is being accelerated far too fast and I'd like to hear more from what people who represent the driving public and law enforcement have," said Rep. Fred Kessler, D-Milwaukee.
The proposal now goes to the state Senate.
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