Monday, September 30, 2013

10-1-13 speed limit hearing

Drivers will get a chance to sound off Tuesday on a Republican bill that would raise Wisconsin's
speed limit. The Assembly transportation committee has scheduled a public hearing on the
proposal for today in the state Capitol.   The bill would change the state's current maximum 65 mph speed limit to 70 mph on  freeways and highways with four or more lanes.   Fond du lac County Sheriff’s captain Rick Olig says he wonders what the benefit is.  "We don't make the laws, we enforce them,"  Olaig said.   "...but I guess when they (legislature) want to change a law my question is always what's the benefit to the average motorist and does it in fact make our highways safer?"  The measure's prospects look unclear. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos supports the bill but Senate Republican leaders say they have no plans to take it up anytime soon.  However Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald tells AM 1170 WFDL's Between the Lines program he supports the measure and predicts it will pass.  Gov. Scott  Walker has taken no position on it.

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