speed limit http://wuis.org en Six Months Into Speed Limit Increase, Driver Fatalities Down Observers Say http://wuis.org/post/six-months-speed-limit-increase-driver-fatalities-down-observers-say <p>Six months after state law increased interstate highway speeds from 65 to 70 miles per hour, transportation officials say there have been fewer fatalities on the road. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:29:57 +0000 Lee Strubinger 27005 at http://wuis.org Six Months Into Speed Limit Increase, Driver Fatalities Down Observers Say 70 mph New Year's Day? Not So Fast ... http://wuis.org/post/70-mph-new-years-day-not-so-fast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beginning Jan. 1, the maximum speed limit in Illinois will increase to 70 miles an hour. But you might want to hold off on the throttle for at least a few weeks.</span></p><p>While the new 70 mph law technically goes into effect at midnight on New Year's Day, it's going to take the Illinois Department of Transportation a little while to get all the new speed limit signs put up. Until then, IDOT spokeswoman Paris Earvin says, "We really encourage motorists to obey the posted speed limits."</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:36:58 +0000 Brian Mackey 16022 at http://wuis.org 70 mph New Year's Day? Not So Fast ... Illinois Speed Limit Going To 70 MPH http://wuis.org/post/illinois-speed-limit-going-70-mph <p>Illinois' top speed limit will go up on many highways beginning in January.&nbsp; Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 m.p.h.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>Quinn bucked the advice of his Department of Transportation, which opposed the legislation.<br>IDOT says a higher speed limit will raise average speeds leading to more crashes and fatalities. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:51:47 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7528 at http://wuis.org Illinois Speed Limit Going To 70 MPH 70 mph, Cell Phone Ban Bills Await Action http://wuis.org/post/70-mph-cell-phone-ban-bills-await-action <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois has a trio of new laws that officials say will make the roads safer.&nbsp; But </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the governor has yet to act on other measures that could have a significant impact on drivers.</span></p><p></p><p>Two of the new laws apply to people who've already had traffic troubles, l<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ike one named after 15-year-old Kelsey Little, who was seriously hurt in 2011 when she was hit by a teen just learning how to drive.</span></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:51:44 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 6793 at http://wuis.org 70 mph, Cell Phone Ban Bills Await Action House Sends 70mph Bill To Governor http://wuis.org/post/house-sends-70mph-bill-governor <p>The Illinois House has voted to raise Illinois' top speed limit to 70 miles-per-hour.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Currently, cars and trucks are limited to 65 miles-an-hour on most Illinois highways.</span></p><p>Opponents warned that raising the speed limit would result in more accidents. But the bill's sponsor, Democratic Representative Jerry Costello, from Smithton, says more accidents happen because of vehicles traveling at <em>different</em> speeds — not because of <em>higher</em> speeds.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 3102 at http://wuis.org House Sends 70mph Bill To Governor