Babl thinks differently.
“I don’t necessarily agree with
this reasoning. It is no secret that
many drivers routinely drive above
the posted speed limit and that
most law enforcement have a small
discretionary range before they will
make a stop or issue a citation,” Babl
Nicole Pare is a driver with the
tendency to drive over the limit.
“I always drive 73 mph and I
don’t think I would change that even
if the limit changed to 70. I just think
there would be less speeding tickets
given out,” Pare said.
There are also many people who
like to drive at or below the posted
“When the faster traffic meets
the slower traffic, this is where many
crashes occur, especially during
winter weather road conditions in
Wisconsin,” Babl said. “With a 70
mph limit, I feel that officer discretion
will have to be much lower for those
traveling 5-10 over to try to decrease
the gap in speeds.”
Davis agrees with this.
“I think raising the speed limit
would be a good idea unless the
weather conditions are bad, such as
during a snow storm when people
think others should be going faster
since the speed limit is faster,” Davis
There will also be an assortment
of hidden expenses if the law is
passed by the state.
“There will be expenses for
re-signing the roadways and I’m
sure there will be numerous traffic
studies and re-engineering of some
highways,” Babl said. “Individual
costs could include decreased fuel
economy with some vehicles at 70
mph and any changes to insurance
premiums are not yet known.”
One of the most important costs
could be in human’s lives with
increased traffic fatalities. As the
speed increases, so does the likelihood
of death or injury during a crash.
“In Stevens Point, we see many
vehicle crashes but very few involve
fatalities. This is directly related to the
speeds involved,” Babl said.
Davis doesn’t think that raising
the speed limit will have an effect on
“A lot of people drive at least
70 and faster the way it is, so I don’t
think in general it would cause more
accidents,” Davis said.
Zach Koskey agrees with this.
“I don’t think it will cause more
accidents because it’s only being
raised 5 mph,” Koskey, said. “I
believe people will still drive over the
speed limit because no matter what
the limit is, some people will always
push their limits.”
Babl thinks that the general
public will definitely be for the new
law whether it proves to be a good
idea or not.