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State officials move to raise speed limits across Great Lakes region

GasBuddy Blog -- Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin... they're finally taking legislative steps to let us drive faster.

Under new legislation in Michigan (proposed by Sen. Rick Jones) the move could potentially raise the speed limit on some local freeways from 55 and 70 mph to 75, or even 80 mph in the Upper Peninsula. Jones said the move would protect motorists from being unnecessarily ticketed by corrupt municipalities that use speed traps to generate local revenue.

CBS Detroit surveyed Michigan residents and found that 70 percent support raising the speed limits, and 30% oppose.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune reports that drivers tooling through the Illinois countryside will be able to go a little faster too... Gov. Pat Quinn...


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Submitted Aug 29, 2013 By: PD
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boileauj
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2013 2:47:49 AM

If this allows the area to have some uniformity then it is a positive thing. Being the same speed everywhere is what removes speed traps. Once you go from everything being 70 to a state with a 55 or 60 max like this says it was before, that is where they get you on speeding. Everything around me in Eastern Washington is 60 City/Metro and 70 on regular interstate as it should be. Everyone has the option of driving up to 10mph under for better fuel economy, but the speed limits congestion which can also cause accidents.
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jowa
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2013 3:52:14 AM

but the tire shop only balances your tires to 65 mph. going that fast will make your front end vibrate like crazy.
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Garyallman
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 1:06:15 PM

It will not stop speeders, if anything they will give out more tickets. Something is wrong here, are the cops corrupt, or are the drivers speeding?? Maybe the price of gas should double to get people to slow down. Driving a large V-8 powered vehicle is currently affordable, if they raise the gas tax by a factor of two, people would either slow down or go without. Drive cars that don't break the bank, the price of gasoline is too cheap!
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Garyallman
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 12:51:42 PM

Better trade your ford focus in for a Raptor, or a hummer, better to be safe!
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Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 12:47:54 PM

Finally. Makes sense.
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carloco75
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 12:40:28 PM

Instead of eliminating the "corrupt municipalities"...increasing the limits makes a lot of sense...
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rrs517
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:35:10 AM

Interesting but very costly fuel cost wise. Seems there are better ways to outlaw speed traps
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JoeKR
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 10:21:31 AM

I'd like to see the accident statistics over the next year and how the authorities make up for the drop in "fines" revenue.
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OldMan322
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 9:41:20 AM

Come-on 'Quinn' 75 or 80, not just 70
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williamcabot
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 9:34:27 AM

Another reason to raise gasoline prices.
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Vanho
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 9:07:03 AM

High speed limits need to be in remote, really remote areas, like about 2/3 of Texas or NM or AZ or West KS/NE/SD/ND, etc. Nothing around cities.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 6:51:34 AM

State officials move to raise speed limits across Great Lakes region.... *Faster driving, Lower mpg, More accidents! I will be one of those driving 'under' the maximum speed limit. Driving that fast does NOT make any sense to me. Corrupt municipalities will find a way no matter what the speed limit is!
I remember when the rule was to keep it at 55mph or under to save on gas, limit accidents, and deaths. What Happened?
Allow the population to drive faster, use more gas, and pay more fuel taxes. Is that how it works?
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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dundasgas
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 5:05:40 AM

Old article.
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bklynse
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 5:04:19 AM

Watch the death rate increase along with the speed.
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Cachase1
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 5:02:41 AM

In almost every case, when the speed limit is raised, there is a marked decrease in traffic accidents.
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TravelinMan52
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 5:00:09 AM

Good decision, as long as the drivers can operate the vehicles safely with the higher limits...
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JSX515
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:58:42 AM

Old and absolutely nothing to do with fuel prices.
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Ziggy1962
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:56:56 AM

Good.
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pepinoNC
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:55:42 AM

Very well.
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WR-INC
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:53:59 AM

Good idea.
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Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:50:18 AM

NotTom... can you clarify... OK... is so... thoughtless... we'd like an answer with some THOUGHT behind it!

Now... I can say, thank you leaders for some common sense. Those speed traps need to be spanked!
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NotTom
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:46:52 AM

ok
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MyRedSky
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:45:07 AM

good. safest when all the drivers are going roughly the same speed. when the posted speed is too low, more accidents.
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dunesfly
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:40:15 AM

great, now get the slow pokes out of the left lane
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fratt
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:37:55 AM

Everybody drives that fast anyway!
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BigDogOH
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:36:25 AM

Everyone goes 70+ anyway
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VB_Richard
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:36:01 AM

Okay.
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yeehaw1073
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:35:19 AM

can't wait for my insurance rates to go up along with the speed limit...
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VetteFan
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:34:19 AM

Bad idea. It just reward speeders. If this becomes law the freeways around Detroit will look like the Autobahn on steroids.
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Vetteblu
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:25:16 AM

Make them high while requiring reach oolong & retesting every 5 years.
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Steveshonda
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:24:18 AM

The 70 percent supporters are idiots..BUT never would've imagined there corrupt municipalities in or near the Detroit..!! Naw - ya think that may be a reason that Detroit is BANKRUPT??
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KCRice
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:22:47 AM

Good.
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SteveMartin
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:22:22 AM

Raise the speed to 100
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72_Monte
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:21:28 AM


As they should.
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Quick68
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:21:01 AM

You can use more gas this way and big oil can get a little richer.
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badharley
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:20:58 AM

Sounds good for me.
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biggiesize
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:16:52 AM

I like it.
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jkpsr
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:16:18 AM

Low speed limits are a revenue scam
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oweno1
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:11:40 AM

it's not even te weekend and we're getting the same stories
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mcmonsta
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:11:35 AM

now if we could only legislate safer drivers
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pa79th
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:09:06 AM

Raise the speed limit and decrease the mileage your car gets. Good idea...NOT!
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NanookAK
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:08:37 AM

Why? Aren't they having enough accidents now?
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Ken007
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:07:03 AM

Okay
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:03:15 AM

Cool
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SUSANCK
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:03:04 AM

Faster yes.
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JENNYHK
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 3:57:56 AM

Must use gas faster.
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DisMusBeDaPlaz
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 3:56:31 AM

Hmmmm........really!
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Pozole
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 3:56:31 AM

...might as well, might as well...
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FogCitySpotter
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 3:54:23 AM

OK
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RAKARWOWSKI
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 3:52:45 AM

About time.
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