Senate OKs higher speed limits on rural highways

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation that would authorize higher speed limits on 1,500 miles of rural Michigan interstates and highways is nearing Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.

The Michigan Senate voted 28-8 for the bill Wednesday.

It would require the state Transportation Department, within a year of the law taking effect, to set a 75 mph limit on 600 miles of interstates if a safety study shows it’s OK. The current limit is 70 mph. The bill also would require a 65 mph limit on 900 miles of state highways if a study indicates it’s safe.

Supporters say the goal is to raise speed limits where 85 percent of drivers are already traveling at higher speeds.

An earlier version of the bill was approved by the House, so the measure appears headed toward final passage.

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  • Drive By Trucker

    That’s it. Raise the speed limit because 85 percent are already driving at higher than posted speeds. With highway deaths in MI at almost 100 over 2015 year to date, it’s time to let the inmates run the asylum. It’s apparently easier and cheaper than law enforcement enforces the law.