SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois lawmakers have overturned the governor’s veto of legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit to 70 mph on the state’s toll highways.
The House voted 100-11 Wednesday to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of the legislation sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis. A bill passed in 2013 increased the speed limit to 70 miles on interstates, but kept the limit lower in urban areas. Oberweis’ bill allows the state Tollway Authority to establish higher limits in urban areas.
Quinn cited studies showing increased speeds lengthen stopping distance and produce more violent collisions in vetoing Oberweis’ bill. He also noted toll road drivers were already exceeding the 55 mph limit.
The Senate overrode Quinn’s action 44-5 on Nov. 20.
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