NV senator proposes higher freeway speeds

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Updated: 2/25/2013 4:39 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Nevada State Republican Senator Don Gustavson has proposed legislation that would allow Nevada Department of Transportation to increase highway speeds to 80-85mph.

Currently, Nevada state law restricts NDOT to set highway speeds of no more than 75 mph.

Gustavson says higher speeds have been shown to lower accident rates in Utah and Texas, where higher speeds than Nevada are currently allowed.

Gustavson has already consulted with NDOT, and there is likelihood that NDOT could begin approving remote stretches of Interstates 15 & 80 for increased speeds of 80 mph if the legislation passed.
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roseanya - 2/27/2013 10:08 AM
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This is the reason we will NOT TOLERATE annual sessions. The Legislators keep messing with things that are better left as they are right now. Remember the restrictions on foreclosures--now we have people staying in homes they can't afford and refusing to pay the mortgages. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Leave the speed limits alone.

kdavis52 - 2/26/2013 10:05 AM
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Uhm....he can personally come out to the freeways and scrape up any motorcyclists off the cement or asphalt. Leave the racing to the drag strips.

N8E PAIUTE - 2/26/2013 10:03 AM
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I don't know about that 85mph hour. Stupid drivers will be going 95 mph. I drive 70 and I think thats a perfect speed. You got these stupid speeders driving damnn near 100mph and talking on their cell phones - bad idea. If you need to be somewhere leave one hour earlier, rather than 10 minutes before the even begins and that way your not cussing and speeding and dodging in and out of traffic - and getting pissed off at the people who are in your way!!!

TonyR - 2/26/2013 9:48 AM
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I work for NDOT and speed limits should be set as dictated by science. Whatever the 85th percentile of the traffic stream is driving is were we will realize the greatest safety. If the speed limit is set signficantly higher or lower than the 85th percentile safety is severly compromised. All this cry for freedom is absolutely ignorant!

vietnamvet25 - 2/26/2013 8:48 AM
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This the guy that wants to repeal helmet laws, now raise the speed limit to 80 or 85. I am guessing he has never had the experience of sponging up what was left of a motorcycle rider that crashes at high speed without a helmet. Not a fun event. The dynamics of a crash at that speed is beyond what most people see. If he gets his way everybody's insurance rates will go up dramatically all in the name of freedom of choice. I hope that your family will understand that if you were killed in an accident because you didn't wear a helmet or were going 85 mph and in a crash that you did so in the name of freedom of choice

Paskahousu - 2/25/2013 10:17 PM
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If speed doesn't increase accidents then why do you give people tickets for it? All I gotta say is: I won't drive over 70 and risk a sudden wind grabbing my light truck and lifting me off to never never land! Putting myself and others in danger simply because people have the need to speed. I have an immaculate driving and will be livid if I get a ticket for going too slow! All for what? 10 less minutes per hour you drive? Really?

tsal - 2/25/2013 5:21 PM
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Just what we dont need is people driving faster on highways. Raise the speed limit to 85, that means people drive at 90 to 95 mph... I drive for a living and its a fact... SPEED KILLS!!! Speed, cell phones, texting....... not a great idea!!!! TSAL--SPARKS,NV

Kramer - 2/25/2013 4:12 PM
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Good thing this "reporter" doesn't letter Highway signs. mangled syntax (not Sin Tax) seems to be the 'norm'. I see many vehicles already doin' 75-80 with ease on I-80 in town and a lot of 395 (oops, '580'). Y even bother, then?

sarijj - 2/25/2013 1:44 PM
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Hey Tommy, perhaps I can suggest a new job for you. Become a first responder who has to respond to freeway accidents. You can rejoice in the dead's freedom while you scrape their bodies off the pavement. Higher speeds may or may not lesson accidents, but they do lead to increased death rates.

Tommy - 2/25/2013 12:57 PM
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Gustavson is all about freedom! Good for him, good for us.

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