Lawmakers consider higher speed limits

CREATED Aug 20, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 20, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin is now the last state in the upper Midwest where drivers can't exceed 65 mph.

But a transportation bill being introduced by Republican State Representative Paul Tittl of Manitowoc aims to change that.  Tittl is proposing that Wisconsin do what every other nearby state has done, and increase the speed limit on highways to 70mph.
 
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says every lawmaker who he's talked to this week seems to agree, and he's expecting that Wisconsin will see bipartisan support for the measure, just as other states have seen.  The latest state to approve a 70 mph limit is Illinois, which did so just yesterday.
 
Drivers in Wisconsin have mixed reactions. Some say that increasing the speed limit by just 5 mph won't make much of a difference to their commute and to the safety on the roads.  But others have strong opinions that driving any faster will make the roads less safe.