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0711, 18 Mar 15

Wisconsin Assembly Passes 70-MPH Speed Limit

Yes. Do it. While you’re at it, make it 75.

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin lawmakers have hit the gas pedal on a bill that would increase the maximum speed limit on some state highways and freeways.

The state Assembly approved the bill on a 76-22 vote Tuesday. The bill allows the Department of Transportation to increase speed limits to 70 mph in approved areas, up from the current 65 mph limit.

Opponents said increasing speed limits is too dangerous. Rep. Dana Wachs, an Eau Claire Democrat, said he would not support the bill because it could increase deaths on Wisconsin roadways. Rep. John Spiros, a Manitowoc Republican, warned commercial vehicles such as semi-trailers should have a lower speed limit. But their concerns fell on deaf ears.

The safety argument is just bunk. Many other states, including all of the bordering states, already have higher speed limits and haven’t seen any additional safety issues. The cars and roads of today allow people to easily drive 70 on a rural interstate in good conditions.


0711, 18 March 2015


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    It’s about time!

  2. insagtman

    This also passed in the Assembly last session, only to die in committee in the Senate. A couple of Senators believe that the other 38 states that have already passed this legislation some how got it wrong.

    Why is Wisconsin always the last ones to get things done? Concealed carry we were the 49th state, right to work we were the 25 state, etc.


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