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Manitowoc lawmaker argues for raising speed limit to 70

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The main sponsor of a bill to raise Wisconsin's top speed limit to 70 miles an hour urged his colleagues Tuesday to make it go. 

Freshman Assembly Republican Paul Tittl of Manitowoc testified before the transportation committee in the lower house. He said his bill would help boost tourism, and get commuters to and from their homes faster. 

Tittl also pointed out that Wisconsin is the only Midwest state where the top speed is still at 65 on most four lane freeways and expressways. 

Democrats on the transportation panel questioned whether a 70 mile per hour speed limit would cause more accidents with more severe injuries. They also questioned how much time motorists would actually save. 

The panel has not scheduled a vote on the measure yet.