Yesterday lawmakers in Michigan approved legislation that will raise the speed limits on some roads to 75 m.p.h.
Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that will raise the speed limit up from 70 m.p.h. on 600 miles of rural highways.
The bill requires the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Michigan Department of State Police to raise the speed limit to 75 m.p.h. on at least 600 miles of highway pending the results of safety and engineering studies.
“Ensuring that all Michiganders are safe while operating vehicles on our state’s roadways is critically important, and these bills allow for appropriately increased speed limits on certain roadways after safety studies are conducted,” said Snyder.
The bill would also raise speed limits from 60 m.p.h. to 65 m.p.h. along 900 miles of state trunk line highway.
Some safety advocates have warned that higher speed limits will result in more violent crashes, while others argue that the higher speed limits will reduce crashes by ensuring that all vehicles travel at a more uniform speed.