Wisconsin drivers hopeful for boosted freeway speed limits
MILWAUKEE -- You might soon get from point A to point B a little quicker in Wisconsin. The state Assembly is working on a bill to boost freeway speed limits up to 70 miles-per-hour. Most drivers we spoke to think it's about time.
"It could be a little faster," one motorist told us.
That seems to be the general take on state representative Paul Tittl's (R - Manitowoc) proposal. Tittl hopes to introduce the bill soon.
Vos thinks Wisconsin is lagging behind its neighbors. Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa all have 70 mile-per-hour limits and Illinois is a governor's signature away from joining them.
Fehrman lives in Waukesha but drives his semi around the region. He thinks faster limits would help everyone.
"I find it more dangerous to drive slow when everyone around you is going over the posted limit," Fehrman said. "You have people cutting us in and off. It's just a lot worse for us."
"It would mix a lot of slow drivers with fast drivers and that could potentially cause some more accidents," Kyle Martins said. Still, Martins thinks increasing the speed limit would help him get more work done on the clock. "Time is money," Martins said.
Other drivers from states where limits are already 70 think Wisconsin drivers would adjust easily.
"You know, [as long as people are] in the right lane, drive the right speed," Pennsylvania driver Melodie Barillaro said along I-94 Sunday. "Yeah, I don't think it's a problem."
Making sure the roads stay safe will be the state's top priority with this legislation. Representative Vos says they're working closely with the DOT to conduct federal highway safety studies before this bill moves forward.
Vos hopes to get it to an assembly vote sometime this fall.