Illinois Senate passes bill to raise highway speed limit to 70 - FOX 32 News Chicago

Ill. Senate passes bill to raise highway speed limit to 70 mph

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would raise the speed limit on state highways and tollways. The speed limit would go from 65 to 70 miles per hour.

Many FOX 32 News Facebook fans took to the page to sound off on the proposed speed limit legislation, with reaction ranging from "It's about time!" to reminding people of the dangers high speeds pose to roadside assistance workers, state troopers and road construction workers.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 35 states have speed limits of 70 miles per hour or higher on some of their interstates--so lead foots, vacationers and truckers who want to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible would likely welcome the change.

But the agency also notes that higher speeds mean less time for drivers to react.

The bill now goes to the Illinois House. If the House and Governor Quinn approve the bill, the new speed limit would take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

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