Illinois will soon join nearly three dozen other states in raising the speed limit to 70 mph on rural interstates.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law to increase the speed limit on Monday, despite reported opposition tom the Illinois State Police and the secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation. The legislation was originally passed on May 22 by an 85-30 vote of the House of Representatives and a 41-6-1 vote of the Senate.
Bill sponsor Sen. Jim Oberweis says most drivers already go at least 70 mph, and that the new law will result in a smoother traffic flow.
“This new law shows what can be accomplished when lawmakers work together for the good of our state. Senate Bill 2356 was sponsored by lawmakers from both political parties who represent all regions of our state,” Oberweis said. “It also updates our law to reflect the reality of current driving speeds in Illinois and other states.”
The new limits will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
Another new traffic law — a statewide ban on using hand-held cell phones while driving — also takes effect on New Year's Day.Read: Statewide Cell Phone Driving Ban Now Official