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Need for speed? Readers weigh in on the ’70 mph’ proposal
Wisconsin Reporter ^ | August 20, 2013 | By Kirsten Adshead

Posted on 08/21/2013 7:36:49 AM PDT by Sopater

MADISON – Lead-footed Wisconsinites are rejoicing over a new proposal to raise the speed limit on some Wisconsin roads from 65 mph to 70 mph.

70 or BUST?: Rep. Paul Tittl, R-Manitowoc, is proposing increasing the speed limit to 70 mph on Wisconsin's freeways and expressways, following in the steps of the Badger State's neighbors.

70 or BUST?: Rep. Paul Tittl, R-Manitowoc, is proposing increasing the speed limit to 70 mph on Wisconsin’s freeways and expressways, following in the steps of the Badger State’s neighbors.

Cautious drivers are not quite as enthused.

And others are worried about the cost.

A brief about Rep. Paul Tittl’s proposal prompted quite a bit of discussion Monday on Wisconsin Reporter’s Facebook page, with opinions across the spectrum.

Among them:

“With 95% doing 70 or more anyways, I say yes to the increase, but that would mean less speeding ticket revenues for the state. Wait, scratch that. You’ll still have those peeps doing 80 or more, so maybe that won’t matter. LOL” – Kevin L. Miller

“I don’t like the million (it’s) gonna cost to change all the signs.” – Joel Odegaard

“Nope! People drive like idiots as it is. Raise the speed limit and there will for sure be more traffic fatalities!” – Julie Kandaras Weir

It’s not often that a Wisconsin Republican wants to follow in Illinois’ footsteps.

But Tittl, R-Manitowoc, is making an exception.

He introduced a bill on Tuesday that would increase the speed limit on the state’s freeways and expressways and interstate highways from 65 mph to 70 mph – with some discretion still given to the state Department of Transportation to designate a lower speed limit in some places where there are particular safety concerns.

The impetus, he said?

“It’s about finding time with your families,” Tittl said. “It’s about allowing the people who are working, allowing them to get home faster, to spend more time with their families.”

Tittl’s proposal comes just one day after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a higher speed limit there into law.

“I don’t think you’ll see a change in fatalities and injuries or anything like that,” Tittl said. “If there was a chance of that, if safety would be compromised on Wisconsin highways, I wouldn’t even be doing this.”

Tittl already has the support of Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi, chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee.

“I think raising the speed limits in line with other states (is) good for business, good for tourism and also commerce throughout the Midwest, dealing with the same regulations,” said Ripp, owner of a trucking company.

All of Wisconsin’s neighbors have speed limits higher than the Badger State’s.

And all but 13 states, plus the District of Columbia, have a speed limit of 70 mph or higher on at least some of their roads – according to information Tittl provided Tuesday.

He said his bill is common-sense legislation that recognizes that people already drive faster than 65 mph.

One day on the way to the Legislature, Tittl said, he committed to driving 65 mph, “and I was the absolute slowest person on the road. I did not pass anyone, and there was hundreds of people that went past me during that two-hour-and-15-minute drive.”

The Legislature’s next session is scheduled for next month.

Tittl said he’s confident will be signed into law by the end of the year.


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Do I hear 80?
1 posted on 08/21/2013 7:36:49 AM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater

The current speed limits were set when car technology was far worse than it is now

Cars today could safely do 120 on a good freeway


2 posted on 08/21/2013 7:40:36 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Sopater
America's roads were designed for high-speed traffic. Carter was an idiot.

/johnny

3 posted on 08/21/2013 7:40:44 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Sopater

Most people have no idea how bad things can get when just a small deviation occurs at high speed, and how quickly they get there.


4 posted on 08/21/2013 7:40:49 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Sopater

The current speed limits were set when car technology was far worse than it is now

Cars today could safely do 120 on a good freeway

JUST LOOK AT THE AUTOBAHN!


5 posted on 08/21/2013 7:40:52 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Sopater
The NY Thruway can be pretty lenient on somewhat reasonable speed if the traffic is orderly. I think it makes the roads safer than for example OH. The faster speeds scare the lousy drivers off the road, make it real clear who should be ticketed for reckless driving, and keep drivers attention focused to the road.

I'd go with 70 as the speed limit, with 80 being tolerated if safe driving conditions allow it.

6 posted on 08/21/2013 7:41:16 AM PDT by grania
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To: Sopater

You’ll hear screeching from the Madistan bunny huggers about how 70 will kill Gaia .


7 posted on 08/21/2013 7:42:04 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Mr. K

85mph on the Austin bypass. It is sweet.

Biggest fear is animals crossing the road.


8 posted on 08/21/2013 7:42:20 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Cater for ALL of his SCREWUPS did NOT bring about the 55MPH Nationwide Speed Limit, Nixon Did!


9 posted on 08/21/2013 7:43:55 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet
Mea culpa. Nixon did it.

I tend to conflate a lot of the unconstitutional acts committed during that era.

That said, Carter is still an idiot. ;)

/johnny

10 posted on 08/21/2013 7:47:12 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Sopater

Seeing about how many folks are driving over the posted speed limit compared to the number of accidents, it looks to me like “speeding” has a pretty good safety record.


11 posted on 08/21/2013 7:50:21 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: Sopater
God Bless Texas!

State Highway 130 outside Austin
12 posted on 08/21/2013 7:51:46 AM PDT by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: US Navy Vet
Carter for ALL of his SCREWUPS did NOT bring about the 55MPH Nationwide Speed Limit, Nixon Did!

Possibly the only worthwhile thing that Bill Clinton did while in office was sign the bill that ended the Nationwide Speed Limit. It was ridiculous that it lasted so long.

13 posted on 08/21/2013 7:54:48 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Sopater

If Wisconsin is anything like Michigan, 70 won’t be nearly high enough for them.


14 posted on 08/21/2013 7:54:56 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sopater
Assuming 1) a sane,sober driver 2) light-to-moderate traffic 3) good conditions (dry road,etc) 4) a properly maintained vehicle,there are plenty of stretches of Interstate where 70mph is reasonable.
15 posted on 08/21/2013 7:57:06 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Carter was an idiot.

Was? Did he die or start using his brain?

16 posted on 08/21/2013 7:57:36 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: Sopater
Went to Germany this summer and drove from Munich to Frankfurt, average speed 140kmh with highs of 160kmh. Was nice to drive what I felt comfortable driving and not worry about revenue collectors.
17 posted on 08/21/2013 7:58:47 AM PDT by soupbone1
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To: Sopater

I seem to recall it being 80 on the Ohio Turnpike many years ago.


18 posted on 08/21/2013 7:59:00 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
If Wisconsin is anything like Michigan, 70 won’t be nearly high enough for them.

I guess this Wisconsinite is like a Michiganonian (or whatever they're called). ;-)
19 posted on 08/21/2013 7:59:42 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Sopater
Growing up my friend's Dad was a rocket scientist (a real one) who did a lot of work for the DoD.As a result he had to spend a lot of time in Nevada and used to tell us stories about the highways there that had no speed limits (this was the 50’s/60’s).Having driven in parts of Nevada myself I can see where 80mph (or better) might be reasonable in some areas.
20 posted on 08/21/2013 8:00:40 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Mr. K
Cars today could safely do 120 on a good freeway...

I'm not sure most drivers could, though. You're getting into some sort of squirrely territory in triple digits, where poorly maintained vehicles get drivers into a lot of trouble very quickly. That said, they manage it pretty nicely in Germany but those roads are in prime condition and the left-lane folks seem to know what they're doing, at least in my limited experience.

But 70, meh. The whole country is doing 70 now. Or more. Sometimes a lot more. Not that I would know, because I have never driven over the speed limit. Officer.

21 posted on 08/21/2013 8:03:29 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: soupbone1
Went to Germany this summer and drove from Munich to Frankfurt, average speed 140kmh with highs of 160kmh. Was nice to drive what I felt comfortable driving and not worry about revenue collectors.

My last two cars have been German and the owner's manuals of both give/gave specific instructions regarding tire inflation when your speed is expected to exceed 100mph.

22 posted on 08/21/2013 8:04:47 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Gay State Conservative

The little stretch of road between Nevada and Idaho Falls is 85 miles of nothing. I used to go 90 mph on there regular - passing was up over 110mph.


23 posted on 08/21/2013 8:06:31 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Mr. K

The problem is stopping.


24 posted on 08/21/2013 8:07:23 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Double-Nickle was a Nixon invention.


25 posted on 08/21/2013 8:07:43 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It wasn't the Rodeo Clown's act, it was the crowd reaction they could't take.)
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To: Mr. K

“Cars today could safely do 120 on a good freeway”

Driving between Chatanooga and Nashville, I saw a sign, “Nashville, 120 miles.”
I thought, “I can be there in an hour” and cranked the LS 400 up to 120. At about 90, I could feel the aerodynamics come into play, as the car really came into it’s own! Then, rational thought came into play, and I slowed back down. But the car did feel even safer at 120 then at 80.


26 posted on 08/21/2013 8:10:43 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Sopater
Lead-footed Wisconsinites are rejoicing

Bias from the first word in the first sentence.

27 posted on 08/21/2013 8:11:50 AM PDT by DManA
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To: JRandomFreeper

Carter was indeed and still is...an idiot

But Congress in1974 drafted and enacted the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation act requiring a national 55mph speed limit and Richard Nixon signed it into law

Wisconsin is a bit slow on this

Nixon actually had in 1973 pushed for 50mph.....even worse

Too many idiots to go around

We just ignored it mostly and went 65 or so

Higher out west


28 posted on 08/21/2013 8:13:39 AM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Biggest fear is animals crossing the road.

Multiply that danger by 10 and you have a Wisconsin road a dusk. One summer we counted 50 dear on a 100 mile stretch of Wi. rural road.


29 posted on 08/21/2013 8:13:40 AM PDT by DManA
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To: JRandomFreeper

Sorry

Late to the party

Carter still idiot though


30 posted on 08/21/2013 8:14:37 AM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Austin has 85 speed limit fo wheel?


31 posted on 08/21/2013 8:16:01 AM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: Buckeye McFrog; cripplecreek

:: If Wisconsin is anything like Michigan, 70 won’t be nearly high enough for them. ::

Sure, but you will still travel at 66 MPH in the left hand lane between Watervliet and Detroit behind 40+ vehicles on I-94.


32 posted on 08/21/2013 8:17:18 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: wardaddy

Yes. It is a toll road that bypasses Austin on the east side.


33 posted on 08/21/2013 8:18:33 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: Sopater

Only a myopic liberal idiot would have problems with 75mph by guessing at what they think will happen when all they have to do is look at all the other States with 75mph limits and know what does or does not happen.

Colorado has 75mph and crashes and accidents are almost always unrelated to the speed limit as they happen well under 75mpg. Speeding is not that much of a concern at all, either. It is rare I see someone going over 85mph, and when they do we are all going 85mph in uncongested traffic.


34 posted on 08/21/2013 8:19:43 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: DManA
Bias from the first word in the first sentence.

Obviously.
35 posted on 08/21/2013 8:21:49 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: tpmintx

I’m planning to be in the Austin area in early September so I may have make a point of driving on that road.


36 posted on 08/21/2013 8:22:09 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Sopater
I guess this Wisconsinite is like a Michiganonian (or whatever they're called). ;-)

Michiganders. Or as they prefer, simply "Ganders". (ironic given the high goose poop content up there)


37 posted on 08/21/2013 8:23:47 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sopater

Normal freeway cruising speed in GA is 80 MPH, urban/suburban areas included.


38 posted on 08/21/2013 8:25:50 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Michiganders. Or as they prefer, simply "Ganders". (ironic given the high goose poop content up there)

I once was a "yooper".
39 posted on 08/21/2013 8:25:50 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The Yoopers (on the U.P) call their brothers in the south Trolls - they live under the (Mackinac) bridge.


40 posted on 08/21/2013 8:26:20 AM PDT by DManA
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To: tpmintx
Wow

I detest speeders


41 posted on 08/21/2013 8:30:27 AM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: Sopater

I am a Buckeye married to a Gander who’s family are Yoopers, except her mom who was a Wisconsinite from just over the Montreal River.

Wifey grew up just outside Detroit. If I call her a troll I’ll be in bigger trouble than during OSU-Michigan weekend.


42 posted on 08/21/2013 8:30:30 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sopater

Just my two cents after driving for 44 years, the biggest and most dangerous problem on the highways is not speed but drivers sitting in the left high speed lane. This causes passing on the right which is fraught with danger. Surprisingly, California has posted “slower traffic keep right” signs but I have never seen nor heard it being enforced.


43 posted on 08/21/2013 8:35:01 AM PDT by Cyman
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Biggest danger I see are drivers (generally women 25-50, sorry) in SUV’s who do not realize that those things are trucks and can’t be driven in the same manner as a Toyota Corolla. All the while yakking away on their cell phones
(aside from one who nearly t-boned me while her face was buried in an Egg McMuffin). And yes, the speeds are all far below 70.


44 posted on 08/21/2013 8:39:55 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sopater

I have no problem with it. It’s 75 in California, Arizona and New Mexico.


45 posted on 08/21/2013 8:51:41 AM PDT by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: Sopater

With modern auto and road technology, 70 is stupid. 85 or 90 makes a lot more sense. Then again, considering that all it takes to get a license now is the ability to fog a mirror, maybe it should be 35.


46 posted on 08/21/2013 8:55:29 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Sopater

Politicians permitting more individual freedom? I can’t comprehend.


47 posted on 08/21/2013 9:00:32 AM PDT by Fair Paul
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Bingo. My single fear on my 62 mile commute on back roads is deer


48 posted on 08/21/2013 9:00:41 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Fair Paul
Politicians permitting more individual freedom? I can’t comprehend.

Follow the money. Higher speed limits means more gas consumption and more tax money generated.

49 posted on 08/21/2013 9:20:46 AM PDT by EVO X
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To: Sopater

I’m a Wisconsinite who make frequent trips on I-90-94. I regularly drive 70. At that speed countless cars whiz by me. I’d say at least half the drivers go faster than 70 now. Establishing 70 would just make law what is the de facto speed limit.


50 posted on 08/21/2013 9:22:42 AM PDT by driftless2
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