Bill proposes speed limit change from 75 mph to 85 mph

CREATED Mar 27, 2013

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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Some state lawmakers in Carson City think it's time to pick up the pace and raise speed limits to 85 mph on some of Nevada's wide-open roads. But not everyone's on board, and said saving a few minutes driving through the middle of nowhere isn't worth the extra risk. 

"At 85 mph or 95 mph we are reading about you in the paper -- we are listening to story about you on the evening news because that's a fatality," Erin Breen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas' Safe Community Partnership, said. 

The bill proposed by Sen. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks, would increase the speed limit on some roads from 75 mph to 85 mph. The first stretch is Interstate 15 North from Las Vegas toward Mesquite, the second stretch is a 300 mile road from Fernley to Utah on Interstate 80. 

 The bill would give the Nevada Department of Transportation the power to increase the speed limits. But before that happens, NDOT said it would due a traffic study to make sure that's safe for drivers. 

"Sometimes I think the faster traffic is a little safer," motorist Ron Tripp said. "I don't know it's just my opinion, but I like the higher speed limits." 

"I drive those roads all the time and every time I'm doing 75 people are passing me," motorist Bill Pollack said. "I don't see a problem with it." 

 But considering the deadly year we've had on our roads so far, some safety advocates said the increased speed limit could mean more crashes. Breen sad a third of the crashes on our roadways are related to speed. 
Later this week, the bill goes to the Senate floor for a vote.