Just as Idaho lawmakers are considering allowing higher speed limits – up to 80 mph – on some stretches of interstate freeway in the state, a Utah lawmaker is declaring that state’s experiment with test sections with limits of up to 80 mph a success, and proposing to expand them. No increase in accidents or fatalities was reported, said Utah Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, according to the Deseret News; Dunnigan’s bill was introduced on Tuesday, to allow the higher limits wherever the state transportation department determines they’re safe. The lawmaker said people’s behavior didn’t change after the limits were raised; it just made their regular driving habits legal. You can read the Deseret News’ full report here.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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