70 MPH Speed Limit Proposal Making its Way through Legislature

State Sen. Jim Oberweis is sponsoring a bill that would increase the state's highest speed limit by 5 mph.

If driving 65 mph on Illinois’ highways just isn’t fast enough for you, don’t worry: The state’s highest speed limit may soon be increased.

State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) is sponsoring a bill that already has made its way through the state Senate that would increase the speed limit to 70 mph on state highways, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

The measure is a "business friendly" bill that would allow companies to move commerce in a faster way, Oberweis said. 

“This is a bipartisan, good-government bill, which would allow the maximum speed limit on tollways and interstate highways to increase to 70 mph to bring Illinois in line with most of the rest of the country,” Oberweis said. “The interstates were designed for a higher rate of speed, and currently, there are 34 states with speed limits of 70 mph or higher. All of Illinois’ neighboring states, except Wisconsin, have speed limits of 70 mph. Fifteen states have speed limits of 75 mph and one state has a speed limit of 85 mph.”

The bill allows Cook County, the collar counties, Madison County and St. Clair County to opt out of the higher speed and also provides public safety enhancements in the form of a lowered threshold upon which the penalty for speeding is increased from a petty offense to a misdemeanor, according to a release from Oberweis’ office.

Those speeding in excess of 26 mph but less than 35 mph (currently 31-40 mph) will receive a Class B misdemeanor charge. Speeding in excess of 35 mph (currently 40 mph) would be a Class A misdemeanor, the senator’s office said.

The bill recently passed the Senate by a vote of 41-6-1, and will now make its way to the Illinois House. 

What do you think? Is this a good idea, or is 65 mph plenty fast?

Joe Klejko May 03, 2013 at 04:37 PM
I stay to the right most the time and drive the limit. Most truck drivers are professionals and concerned about safety but Container and dump trucks are the worse they drive like they have a Honda Civic cutting in and out of traffic on a congested highway their trucks look like they seen their better days half a front bumper what's left is held on by a twisted coat hanger and hood held down with duck tape.
RShelby May 03, 2013 at 07:57 PM
There are some of us who do drive at the speed limit. Several years ago interesting statistics were published. To sum it up for every 1 mph over the posted speed limit the average speed is 1,000 people die and 15,000 people sustain permanent injuries. Is this OK if it is the other guy and their family. Don't think so. Speeding is not only dangerous, violent it is totally anti-social. But maybe that is where America is these days.
Mike Worrell May 03, 2013 at 09:17 PM
So if you'd just drive one MPH *under* the posted speed limit you could save 1000 people. But you don't. Horrible, just horrible.
Albert Gazalooch May 05, 2013 at 11:54 PM
RShelby::: Unfortunately most of the commenter's here and elsewhere insist that those who drive the speed limit or slightly above are the problem and make the roads dangerous. I just traveled from MI to KY over the weekend and finding someone doing just 5 MPH over the limit was a real challenge. We had to do 10 - 15 over just to keep from getting rear ended even in clearly marked and patrolled construction zones. Anytime I make a point that we do have posted speed limits that are expected to be obeyed, the usual response is some gibberish about Europe's speed limits, the Autobahn or the equivalent to FU. If you're going to refuse to follow the rules, you ought not have a driver's license.
Kerry May 06, 2013 at 12:55 AM
I agree.


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