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Troopers tighten up on speeders

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PITTSFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) - Illinois drivers have been able to drive 70 miles-per-hour on most interstates for the last two months because of a new law.

An Illinois state trooper was out to radar vehicles on Friday and pulled over a driver for traveling 77 miles-per-hour.

Illinois State Police Lieutenant Glen Schwartz says fortunately drivers like that haven't been the norm since the speed limit was increased to 70 miles-per-hour on January 1 of this year.

"Many people are going to raise it up that five miles per hour or a few miles an hour, but we haven't seen a significant number of people abuse the new speed law," Schwartz said.

Some drivers say speeds like that don't surprise them.

"I think you're going to have those that push the limit and go 85," Michelle Mackey said.

"I see people driving above that," Todd Patterson said. "I think everyone is driving 70 or 75."

Schwartz says the better news is that an increased speed limit hasn't translated into more deaths on the roads so far.

"Last year we were fortunate in this district to have zero fatalities on our interstates and on the roads that are affected by the law," Schwartz said.
 
Drivers say they're going to try their best not to have a lead foot.

 "I'm staying between typically 70 and 75," Mackey said.




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