Bill proposes speed limit change from 75 mph to 85 mph
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase the maximum speed limit to 85 miles per hour in Nevada. Video by ktnv.comvideo
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.
"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."