On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill passed by the legislature that will increase the maximum speed limit in the state from 65 mph to 70 mph. Under the new law, the speed limit can be raised only on four-lane roads that have entrance and exit ramps. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (“DOT”), the plan is to raise the speed limit to 70 mph on the interstate freeway system, as well as parts of U.S. Highways 51, 53 and 141. Prior to passage of the bill, Wisconsin was the only state in the country that had a maximum 65 mph speed limit. Studies done by the DOT have shown that the average speed on many Wisconsin highways is already above 70 mph. The DOT expects to have the new speed limit signs up in time for tourist season this summer.
The Wisconsin automobile accident lawyers of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. seek to prevent vehicle accidents. We encourage all drivers to obey the speed limit and to travel at a speed safe for conditions. In addition, we are involved in a campaign to end vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving, such as texting while driving. Blue thumb bands are available for drivers to show their pledge to not text and drive. Visit our office at 1110 North Old World Third Street, Suite 405, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53203, e-mail our office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our office at 414-224-0400 to get the thumb bands. Also, if you know of a school or group looking to have a distracted driving presentation provided, please contact us and one of our attorneys would be happy to provide a free presentation and thumb bands.