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State Senate approves legislation to raise speed limit on rural highways

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State lawmakers have voted to raise the speed limit on hundreds of miles of highway.

The state Senate approved legislation that would increase travel speed in rural areas.

The speed limit could be bumped to 75 miles per hour on the interstate. Where the speed limit is currently 55, it could bump up to 65 miles per hour.

Michael Kalbfleisch said the change is overdue.

"Down here you get ran over if you do less than that anyways," he said.

His wife sees problems coming down the road if the speed limit is raised.

"I don't think traffic should go any higher because there's going to be more wrecks than there should be," Kim Kalbfleisch said.

The Department of Transportation estimates 600 miles of freeway could see a speed bump, including parts of I-75 in the north and maybe even stretches of I-69.

More than 900 miles of highways could also be moving faster within the next year.

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