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85 MPH Speed Limits Proposed for Nevada
85 MPH Speed Limits Proposed for Nevada

AIR DATE: March 7, 2013

Nevada Republican Sen. Don Gustavson has introduced a bill that would allow the Nevada Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit to 85 mph on some highways. Research has shown that higher speed limits lead to deadlier car crashes, but not necessarily to a higher number of crashes. We'll talk with Gustavson about his bill and a transportation expert about the links between highway safety and higher speed limits. 


Sen. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks

Anne McCartt, Senior Vice President of Research, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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I lived in Germany for 3 years and the speed limits on the Autovon are not what the max speed limit, but most of them are the minimum speeds. These minimum speeds allow people to go as slow as they want in the appropriate lane, and also the Polizei is out monitoring these speeds because drivers that don't have lane discipline are more of a hazard than those who can follow a speed limit and not hinder the flow of traffic. Even though I would like the speed limit raised here, the roads/highway on/off ramps do not accomodate for those type of speed reductions. If Nevada would have made highways like Germany then maybe the speed changes would make those portions of a highway much safer...
franciscoFeb 27, 2013 20:34:56 PM
$14m for ELL sounds like a lot of money. It's not. It's a pittance guarantying failure. ELL has not been funded for 2 years and the results are in the statistics. These children are failing at substantial rates. When will Nevada prioritize education and we put our money where our mouths are?
Vicenta MontoyaFeb 27, 2013 10:04:55 AM
Speed doesn't kill, stupid kills. If you can fog a mirror in the US, you can get a license to drive a lethal weapon. Europe takes driving much more serious. They don't let 16 yr old children drive. They have graduated licenses. It takes much more training to get a driver's license.
WPFeb 27, 2013 09:33:11 AM
while agree that the autobahn is safer, many european nations have very strict driving standards and higher driving ages. driving tests in the us are a joke, especially in NV, and I believe are a major contributor to crashes and fatalities.
Ian Feb 27, 2013 09:32:15 AM
-> I highly agree on the proposed 85mph or more speed limit. Personal experience stated that it reduces drowsiness. Also If we develop proper etiquette like using the left lane for very fast drivers and those slow drivers who uses the left lane to stay off. I saw a car cruising at 45mph on the left lane at US93 and an NHP almost rear ended this guy! -> Speed is not the proponent of fatalities, other influences that induces fatalieies are mostly DUI.
M.L.Feb 27, 2013 09:26:29 AM
I drive I-15 to Mesquite several times a week. The most dangerous thing I see is not the speed, but slow driving in the left lane. If slower cars would stay in the right lane, then it would prevent irritating those people driving faster. Just last week I witnessed 8 cars tail-gating in the left lane because one slow car was trying to pass a truck. I would like to see State Police ticketing those left lane drivers
Renee CantiFeb 27, 2013 09:23:27 AM
Do we have our highways design for 85 mph? Vertical and Horizontal curves are designed for specific velocities. A Roadway Engineering firm will need to evaluate the new conditions.
Percy PenafielFeb 27, 2013 09:23:18 AM
Not that I drive 85 mph in my 4-cylinder truck, but it is my experience that 85 mph would be a perfectly reasonable speed on the very long and largely empty, straight and flat highways of rural Nevada. In any case, many studies show that nearly everyone drives "reasonable" speeds - regardless of the posted limit - based upon their analysis of road condition, traffic, weather, etc. As for insurance companies, even now Big Brother technology assures that they will know how fast one was driving when an accident occurred.
Tom HurstFeb 26, 2013 16:19:57 PM
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