A new law in Nevada permits the state highway department to bump the speed limit by 5 mph on certain stretches of road.
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law a bill to authorize 80 mph speeds for all vehicles on stretches of highway deemed appropriate by the Nevada Department of Transportation – up from 75 mph.
Sen. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks, has said the change would reflect the top speeds in neighboring Utah and Idaho.
Critics said that increasing the speed limit by 5 mph would likely result in travelers driving in excess of 85 mph.
Gustavson refutes that claim. He said he believes the bump in the speed limit can be made without drivers abusing the new speed. The former truck driver has cited research collected in Utah.
Utah law authorizes 80 mph speeds on rural stretches of interstates and limited-access highways throughout the state.
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