A Republican lawmaker is trying to persuade a legislative committee to approve his bill raising Wisconsin's speed limit to 70 mph.
Rep. Paul Tittl of Manitowoc told the Assembly transportation committee during a public hearing Tuesday that Wisconsin is the only state in the Midwest with a 65 mph limit. He says a higher limit would encourage tourism and help commuters get home to their families faster.
"Comparable Midwestern states with established maximum speeds of 70 miles per hour or greater have lower highway fatality rates than Wisconsin," said Gary Biller with the National Motorists Association.
Democrats on the committee questioned whether a 70 mph limit would lead to more accidents with more severe injuries. They also questioned how much time drivers would really save.
Committee approval would clear the way for a full vote in the state Assembly. The panel hasn't scheduled a vote on the measure yet.