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Drivers react to Illinois speed limit change

BARRY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Speed limits are going up in Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday that will allow drivers to go 70 miles per hour on rural interstates - something that 36 other states already do. 

"I like to drive fast!"

That's what a lot of drivers at the Barry travel plaza said - and they're looking forward to the new 70 mph speed limit change January 1st. 

""On the interstates and stuff, because a lot of people, they don't drive the 65, they drive the 70 anyway," says Bobbi Baxter.

But for other drivers, those five extra miles per hour could make the difference between driving safely and driving erratically.

"Kids, young kids, because some of them haven't been driving long and they're very inexperienced, they get to hanging out in their cars, with their music, and at that kind of a speed it would be hazardous for them," he says. 

Alabama native Robert Purnell drives well over two thousand miles every week - in states with different  speed limits. He says driving faster will mean he'll get to his destinations more efficiently. Fellow trucker Shane Parini agrees. He's glad motorists will be able to go 70.

"It helps with traffic flow, and people trying to get around us," he says. 

For driver Chelsea Patch, driving the faster speed limit could curb some problems she sees now. 

"I notice a lot of speeding, but usually when we're driving, we try to keep up with people around us." 

She says whether the speed limit is 65 or 70, the same tips for staying safe apply.

"Be aware of people around you, I mean, if you have people with you, just be aware of things that are around you." 


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