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Oppose faster speed limits

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The Illinois Insurance Association, along with our member companies, strongly opposes legislation in the General Assembly that raises the speed limit on interstate highways from 65 to 70 mph.

While deaths on Illinois roadways have decreased in recent years, statistics show a dramatic rise in fatalities attributable to speeding. Consider the facts. In 2009, speeding contributed to 325 highway fatalities. This number jumped to 439 in 2011.

The insurance industry provides security to those who incur damage from motor vehicle accidents. We support laws that make Illinois roadways safe for all motorists.

Raising the speed limit seems convenient at first glance, but statistics prove otherwise. Driving faster puts lives in danger.

Kevin J. Martin

Executive director, Illinois Insurance Association

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