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Crashes rise on interstate system since speed limit hike

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The number of accidents on Wisconsin's interstate system has increased since the speed limit was raised to 70 mph.
   
Statistics from the state's Bureau of Transportation Safety show crashes on the interstate system in June through September were up nearly 13 percent over the same period last year. The Journal Sentinel  reports speed limit signs began changing in mid-June.
   
Law enforcement officials say the rise in crashes might not be directly attributed to driving faster. Capt. Steve Krueger of the Wisconsin State Patrol's post in Wausau says speed itself doesn't necessarily cause crashes, but they can be caused by differences in speed between vehicles.
   
Capt. Timothy Carnahan of the State Patrol's Waukesha post says the number of miles driven on Wisconsin roads has increased as the economy has improved, and the rise in crashes might be a reflection.

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