BOSTON, Mass (WWLP) - You may be driving faster, legally, on some Massachusetts’ interstate highways.
22News spoke with commuters about a state lawmaker’s proposal to raise the speed limit.
State Representative Dan Winslow proposed a bill to increase speed limits from 65 to 70 miles per hour on parts of the Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate 91, and Interstate 95.
Representative Winslow told the Committee of Transportation that our roads are designed for 70 miles per hour and our cars are designed for faster than 65."
Kong Young, of Brooklyn, New York, has been driving a tractor trailer truck for 15 years, and says a higher speed limit would be safer.
"It would be okay on the highways. Just if you go to the 85 or 95 the truck can't go that fast."
James Gonzalez, of Orange told 22News, "It would help traffic go a little quicker and I mean I'm sure people are abusing the speed limit but everybody does, so I don't think it would matter if they changed it. It would be the same I think.
Bill Supporters say a majority of states have the higher speed limit already.
"I think it would help things. I know in Florida right now their speed limit is 70 and there’s really not much of a difference. So I think it will be a good thing,” said Alyshia Symanski, of Greenfield.
But Jacob Parlett, of Greenfield disagrees.
"I think it's going to be rougher on people’s cars. I believe that a lot of people you know its hard getting in and out of the intersections as it are with cars already flying by coming from behind you."
The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Angelo Scaccia of Hyde Park, Randy Hunt of Sandwich, and Cleon Turner of Dennis- a former police officer.