Illinois’ rural interstates have had its speed limit increased from 65 mph to 70 mph.
The law will be effective in January 2014 and targets roadways in less populated areas. Eight counties with urban areas are able to opt out of the new law.
The law, which was signed in by Governor Pat Quinn, changes the state’s speed limit to be consistent with dozens of states that already have a 70 mph or higher speed limit.
For the most part, the law had support from both sides of the aisle, though the Illinois State Police and the governor’s transportation chief opposed the increase initially. Neither pushed their objections earlier today.
“This limited five miles-per-hour increase will bring Illinois’ rural interstate speed limits in line with our neighbors and the majority of states across America, while preventing an increase in excessive speeding,” Quinn said in a statement. “I encourage all motorists to continue to respect our traffic laws, avoid distractions and exercise common sense behind the wheel to protect the safety of themselves and others.”