Lawmakers consider raising some state speed limits to 80

Once thought to be dead, there's a renewed effort at the Michigan state capitol to hike some freeway speeds to 80 miles an hour. 

Imagine driving on a freeway and instead of a Speed Limit 70 sign, the number is 80.

"We've had little negative response," said Jacobsen.

Lawmakers tried this earlier last year but the measure died in the lame duck session. Now, they are back.

Of course if this passes, everyone wants to know if their favorite freeway be on the list. If you are thinking of a freeway in an urban area, maybe not.

"I would guess it's mostly going to be on the more rural interstates," said Rep. Brad Jacobsen (R-Oakland County). "Like a section between Flint and Lansing along 69. Areas  once you get north of Lansing, Bay City and Saginaw area would seem logical for that.

"Maybe some areas around 131 around Cadillac."

FOX 2: "What about I-696?"

"I doubt very much 696 would go to 80 miles per hour," Jacobsen said.

The representative says he has support of the Michigan State Police which appeared to be luke warm to the idea last time around. 

As for any opposition, some concerns have been raised.

"I've had three people contact me who think it is a license to kill," Jacobsen said. "People are going to go 90, 95, and that's not what the studies have shown."

FOX 2: "So the move to 80 miles an hour is alive and well?"

"I fully anticipate it will be alive and will be well also," Jacobsen said.
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