MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) - A Manitowoc lawmaker says the time has come to increase the speed limit in Wisconsin to 70 mph on four-lane highways. Tuesday, Rep. Paul Title spoke at a public hearing in Madison on his proposal
Rep. Tittl says raising the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph would improve traffic flow, encourage tourism and get commuters home to their families faster. Now he just has to convince the Assembly's transportation committee a change is needed.
Tittl says Wisconsin is the only Midwestern state to have a 65 mph speed limit. His bill would raise the speed limit to 70 mph on four-lane interstates, freeways and expressways within two months of Gov. Walker signing the legislation into law. However, the DOT would have final say on which roads would see the speed limit increase.
Opponents question the safety of the move. But Rep. Tittl and his supporters say slower, doesn't always mean safer.
"If safety would be compromised - if more people were going to be injured, killed on Wisconsin's roadways," said Tittl, "that would not be something I'd want my name attached to."
"Comparable Midwestern states with established maximum speed limits of 70 mph or greater have lower highway fatality rates than Wisconsin," said Gary Biller, president of the National Motorists Association.
Tittl says most people are already driving 70 mph and those traveling 65 mph are the exception. Tittl says he is also working with the chairman of the Senate transportation committee on the proposal. The Manitowoc lawmaker hopes the bill can go up for a vote in the Assembly later this year.