House approves bill to raise speed limit to 75 on highways - WNEM TV 5

House approves bill to raise speed limit to 75 on highways

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Lawmakers are putting the petal to the metal when it comes to state speed limits.

After making its way through the State House, a bill to raise the speed limit on rural stretches of highway from 70 to 75 miles per hour is awaiting the Senate's approval.

If it passes only four states in the country would have higher speed limits than Michigan. Texas has the highest at 85 miles per hour.

Around the Great Lakes Michigan would be the only state to hit more than 70 miles per hour.

"I think people drive too fast now," said Derick Hassell, Mid-Michigan resident. "I don't like it when people are driving 80 miles per hour."

If the Senate moves the bill forward it would go through more engineering requirements before heading to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

Hassell said he just doesn't want to see anyone get hurt.

"That's what scares me. I watch people every day like I'm sitting still, going 95, 100 miles per hour. And even motorcycles going way too fast," Hassell said.

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