Raising the speed limit to 70 mph more than two decades ago started as a whim with Sen. Doug Carl who I worked for at the time. He drove back and forth to his legislative district everyday in Macomb County on the northeast side of Detroit.
During Senate sessions when I sat with him on the floor, he would grumble about the speed limit and how hypocritical it was, especially around Detroit because nobody observed it. That resulted in him introducing a bill to raise it.
One memory of this time stands out. His supporters to raise the speed limit organized an event where they would drive the speed limit on one of the Detroit areas busiest expressways. With a long string of cars observing the letter of the law and with Detroit television crews following traffic on the freeway was slowed to a crawl. The point was made. The bill passed and was signed by Gov. Engler.