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Speed Limit To 70 On Rural Illinois Highways

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New legislation raises the speed limit on some Illinois interstates to 70mph. New legislation raises the speed limit on some Illinois interstates to 70mph.

Now on some Illinois roads, drivers will be able to travel a little bit faster.

Governor Quinn signed legislation raising the speed limit on rural interstates to 70 miles per hour. Some lawmakers oppose the plan, saying a higher speed could increase collisions, but economics professor Dr. Jim Bang says the difference between slow drivers and faster drivers is what increases the chances for collision, and raising the speed limit could help.

"Having a lower speed limit doesn't necessarily bring the fast drivers down as raising the speed limit brings the slower drivers up in speed and lowers that variance," said Dr. Bang.

Illinois joins 36 others states who have already made 70 miles per hour the speed limit on interstates.
     
The new law goes into effect January 1st.

 

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