EFFINGHAM — Tuesday Illinois Department of Transportation erected new 70 mph speed limit signs along interstates in Illinois.
Public Act 98-0511 which amended the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/11-601 changed the legal speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on all rural interstates. The Act also allows eight counties (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, McHenry, Lake, Madison and St. Clair) with heavily congested highways to opt out and maintain the current 55 mph speed limit.
ISP District 12 Interim Commander Lt. Cory Ristvedt reminds motorists “while rural interstate speed limits have increased, speed remains one of the top four contributory causes in fatal traffic crashes”. Ristvedt continued, "drivers are encouraged to strictly monitor their speeds to not exceed 70 mph".
In addition to the rural interstates, speed laws have been strengthened on all streets, highways and roads throughout Illinois. Speeding 26 mph over the posted limit is now a Class B misdemeanor and speeding 35 mph or more over the posted limit is a Class A misdemeanor.