Drivers Could Soon Be Legally Speeding Up On Rural Michigan Highways

Drivers could soon be legally speeding up on rural Michigan highways.

Wednesday afternoon, the Michigan Senate voted to authorize higher speed limits on 1,500 miles of road.

The law would require the state Department of Transportation to set a 75 mile per hour limit on 600 miles of interstates, if a safety study says it’s OK.

Right now the limit is 70.

The bill would also require a 65 mile per hour limit on 900 miles of highways — again, if a study indicates it’s safe.

The goal is to raise speed limits where 85 percent of drivers are already traveling at higher speeds.

An earlier version of the bill was approved by the House, so the measure appears headed toward final passage.

It still needs Governor Snyder’s signature.