Assembly committee votes to increase maximum speed limit to 70 m.p.h.

MADISON (WITI) -- The Assembly Committee on Transportation voted on Tuesday, March 3rd in favor of increasing the maximum speed limit to 70 miles per hour. The committee vote was 12-1 in favor of the 70 mph limit.

The committee rejected an amendment that would have allowed the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to establish a 65 mph limit for commercial vehicles.

Traffic safety engineers say the safest place to set the speed limit is the point at which 85% of the people are driving at or below.  The current 85% percentile speed hour on numerous highway segments throughout the state is over 70 miles per.

The bill will head to the Assembly floor later this month.

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