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January 31, 2015

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Bill raising speed limit to 85 mph passes Senate committee

Senator Donald (Don) G. Gustavson of the 77th (2013) Nevada Senatorial District.

Senator Donald (Don) G. Gustavson of the 77th (2013) Nevada Senatorial District.

CARSON CITY — A bill to raise the maximum speed limit from 75 mph to 85 mph on some stretches of freeways in Nevada was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee on a 4-1 vote.

Sen. Patricia Spearman, D-North Las Vegas, cast the lone dissenting vote. She said her research shows the fatality rate has increased in states that have raised their speed limits. “I have reservations about safety,” she said.

Sen. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks, who offered the bill, countered that accidents have actually decreased where the speed limit has been raised.

Gustavson said the higher speed limit might be allowed on stretches of highways such as Interstate 15 from north of Las Vegas to Mesquite, U.S. 95 north of Las Vegas and Interstate 80 east of Reno.

It will be up to the Transportation Department to decide where to raise the speed limit.

The bill is expected to go before the full Senate for a vote later this week or early next week. It would still need to pass the Assembly and be signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The committee also approved a bill requiring the state Department of Motor Vehicles to include a question on its driver’s license examination about the law prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones and texting while driving.

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  1. I love how everyone thinks that ALL speed limits will suddenly be raised to 85 MPH.

    For the 90% of people who live in Vegas & Reno/Sparks, you'll probably never even see these speeds. And on those stretches of remote highway that do see the increases, it's still going to drop down to 25 in the towns.

  2. Keep going, please. Pass this bill! Then create a tiered licensing program so those who are willing to subject themselves to annual in-car testing and regular training can drive in an autobahn lane, and the rest of those who can't or won't can sit back in Google's "Self-Driving Car" lane. That would be ideal.

  3. Don't the Legislators have anything useful to do? Deal with illegal invaders stealing social welfare benefits and non-profit services, stealing UMC into bankruptcy.

  4. Hello, I-15 already has drivers going 85 from Primm to Vegas and from Vegas to Mesquite. At 75 you are considered slow traffic in those areas. What a waste of legislation time, just worry about the budget and take care of school issues.

  5. After many, many, long commutes, either driving on, or flying (via commuter airplane) over the long stretches of Nevada, it is refresing to hear a commonsense approach that will have positive affects on our tourists economy, businesses, safety, and driver education.

    As Commenters as Jcwconsult and Bob635 suggested, it will not only make many drivers out there happy (can I say, "in a state of BLISS?"), but it will create an awareness of safety as: vehicle condition, tire ratings, tire load tolerances, tire pressure, driver courtesy, and bringing consumers to the new world of safer and more efficient vehicles(car dealerships and the local economies benefits from each car sale).

    Is it a perfect world where people will not make mistakes? No. But I see this Senate Bill as an attempt to bring us all into the present. Lawmakers: Me and my Corvette greatly thank you!

    Blessings and Peace,