BISMARCK — House Bill 1315 aims to increase the speed limit on interstates 94 and 29 from 75 to 80 miles per hour. If passed, North Dakota would join a handful of states with the same speed limit, including South Dakota and Montana.

Representative Ben Koppelman of West Fargo is sponsoring the bill and sponsored similar ones in the past. This time, he said, there's momentum. The House Transportation Committee is giving it a "do pass" recommendation.

Koppelman expects the bill on the House floor by next week. He said upping the legal speed limit does more to help the flow of traffic than harm.

"Back when speed limits were 55 and 60 mph, people frequently went 20 miles over the limit," he said. "Even with it being 75, you virtually never see somebody doing 20 miles over the speed limit."

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