New law could raise interstate speed limits
ALLSTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A new bill being proposed in Massachusetts could push the speed limit up to 70 miles per hour on some highways.
Drivers and state lawmakers are split on the idea of allowing higher speeds on the interstates.
“I believe that’s craziness because already 65 is high, 70 is out of reach to me,” Jules Nesbitt said.”No way, that’s my opinion.”
The law was proposed by State Representative Dan Winslow.
“If people live in the far western reaches or the central reaches of Massachusetts or the North Shore or the South Shore, let’s let people get to where they're going to on time. Time is money, and if we can make it faster for people and more convenient in those rare occasions when we have wide open roads, let’s take advantage of it," said Winslow.
Some drivers are pushing for the change as well.
“Honestly, I don’t know if it'd make a big difference in the way people are driving now, so I say go for it,” said Derek Rissmal.
Before the bill can go any further it needs to be approved by the transportation committee, which could take several months, and then it will be up for debate on the house floor.