State Senator Wants 75 mph Speed Limit on Interstate

By: Zac Schultz
By: Zac Schultz

Madison: Senator Tom Reynolds drives from his home in West Allis outside Milwaukee to the Capitol everyday. So he knows a 65 mile an hour speed limit is a joke.

Reynolds said, "65 is an artificially low limit. When I'm on the interstate the vast majority of people are traveling at close to 75 mph."

"I usually set my cruise on 72, and everybody always passes," agrees motorist Kelly Oheron.

That's why Reynolds is proposing a bill that would raise the speed limit on Wisconsin's interstate's to 75.

That has the support of many area drivers. "It's probably a good idea because most people are going 75–80 on the interstate either way," says Ryan Polster.

The bill would cover more than just Interstates 90/94 and 39. Divided highways like 29, 151 and the newly completed highway 12 would also qualify.

The State Patrol has already stated its opposition. "Purely from a safety perspective you're going to have more violence, more crashes, more injuries and certainly more people dying because of it," says Major Daniel Lonsdorf.

"Just because you're raising that doesn't mean driving will be less safe. That is not what statistics are showing," argues Sen. Reynolds.

Major Lonsdorf says most drivers won't set their cruise at 75. "People will slowly creep up from there. We'll have speeds in excess of 80, then 85."

Other drivers disagree. "I think they'd stay around there, right around 80," says Polster.

"I'd say that 80 percent of the people wouldn't go over it," says Mike Engel.

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