C.D. Davidsmeyer is working on legislation that would put Illinois in line with neighboring states. H.B. 2573 would increase the speed limit on interstate highways in Illinois outside of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Will and McHenry Counties to 70 miles per hour.
Davidsmeyer talks about the bill.
“There were a couple of concerns from state police, and we got an amendment ready to go to add to it, and I think it’ll be a lot more palatable when we come back to committee next week,” says Davidsmeyer. “I have family in Ohio- my in-laws- and I spend a lot of time driving across Indiana, and I haven’t seen any problems or additional accidents coming from their increased speed limit.”
The bill is currently in committee while Davidsmeyer continues working on an amendment with the ISP, which is concerned with penalties for those who are caught speeding.
Wisconsin and Illinois each have state speed limits of 65 miles per hour. Most of the eastern part of the U.S., excluding the northeast, allows drivers to go 70. Most of the west, excluding the west coast states, allow drivers to go at least 75 miles per hour.