Debate Over Raising Wisconsin’s Speed Limit Stirs Controversy

October 31, 2013

Speeding is one of the leading causes of fatal motor vehicle collisions in the United States, and it’s fueling controversy about whether or not Wisconsin should raise its speed limit. A Green Bay car accident lawyer with Sigman, Janssen, Sewall, Pitz & Burkham points out that one state legislator is pushing a bill that would increase speed limits in the state to 70 mph.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, those in favor of the change say Wisconsin is the only state in the Midwest with a speed limit of 65 mph. Furthermore, proponents of the change say the increase would bring improvements to traffic flow, while allowing motorists faster commutes that would provide more time at home with their families.

Opponents of the changes claim the increase would lead to more accidents with more serious injuries. Many called for the bill to also include clauses that would stiffen penalties for distracted driving or failing to be properly restrained in a vehicle. The costs of changes to signage were also cited as a reason to hold off on the changes.

Lawmakers are considering voting on the measure during the next legislative session.

The Wisconsin personal injury lawyers at Sigman, Janssen, Sewall, Pitz & Burkham want to remind Wisconsin drivers to stay aware of changing road conditions and to always obey posted speed limits.