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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Mcallen, TX

What if you blow a tire at that speed, or come across some animal?

Burley, ID

"What if you blow a tire at that speed, or come across some animal?" - worf

Get real ... 5 miles per hour more will hardly make any difference at all; besides, as was noted in the news story, the average driver's speed is already higher than that.

Paper Cut

I agree with Worf. It's much safer to blow a tire or hit an animal at 75 MPH than at 80 MPH. There is no comparison.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

QUOTE from the story:
"But many people, most people actually, are already traveling 80," Dunnigan said. "So we're simply making legal what the majority of people do."

Regardless of what numbers are painted on the signs, that is how fast people are driving. Just post the limit as 80 and let the hard working Highway Patrol troopers go after the folks who are driving drunk, drowsy, drugged, or smuggling drugs. That is enough to kep them busy chasing real criminals.

And, let's not pretend that everyone is going 65 in the urban areas. Let's raise those limits except in the most congested areas.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

Yes please to 80mph speed limits on I-15 in northern Utah close to the border with Idaho! It's true that most of us are already going 80 but it would be nice if I wasn't speeding...


What this story neglects to mention is that if people are already going 5, 10 or 15 mph over the speed limit, if you bump the speed limit up to 80 it only makes sense that you'll have a larger number of people breaking 90 and 95. So the question shouldn't be is 80 safe, but rather is 90-95 safe?

Sandy, UT

> " It's true that most of us are already going 80 but it would be nice if I wasn't speeding..."

It really bugs me that when I steal from stores, the police arrest me and send me to jail. People steal from stores all the time! Why don't we make that legal and let the police focus on enforcing the really important laws!

Penguin Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah

I feel the need, the need for speed! Ah yeah!

Salt Lake City, UT

"What if you blow a tire at that speed, or come across some animal?"

Run good, stiff tires in good repair and at the proper inflation. If a tire does blow, don't slam on the brakes.

Also, within certain safety limits, one may choose to curtail his or her own speed.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

I get leery going that fast. If I blow a tire I will roll for an awful long time. I will be just as dead as if I did it at 75, but maybe at 80 it will be a closed box funeral. Sure, people are already going that fast, but if I want to go 75 mph, then I will be idiot going 75 mph when the speed limit is 80. In addition, some dolt will say, "Well, I can go 5 over the speed limit and I won't get ticketed." He'll be coming up behind me real fast wondering about what a slow poke I am.

I saw a photo of a car crash. They didn't show the cars, they showed the dash board lying in the middle of the road. Well, half the dash board, it had been torn in half. (Geez, I hope the driver was OK. (sarcastic tone) ) I am not comfortable to have forces 2 ft in front of my face that can rip a dashboard off of the car and then tear it in half.

Buena Vista, VA

I am wondering how many people have gotten tickets on those stretches of freeway for going a speed that is soon to be legal. It is true that they may have been breaking the law at the time, but the whole point of the law is safety, right? And now we're saying that this new speed really isn't unsafe. This means to me that the troopers who gave tickets to those going, say, 81 MPH before (I think there is usually a 5 MPH allowance) might have been doing something more useful with their time. BTW, I have never gotten a speeding ticket, so it isn't like I have that axe to grind.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

"More 80 mph zones coming to Utah freeways"

More deaths to follow:

I hate driving in Utah. Everybody speeds. I have not lived in Utah since 1983 and I have had more friends die in traffic accidents in Utah than all other states combined.

Slow down.

Orem, UT

In response to BarkforSark, the article mentioned thatthe average speeds in the study areas increased from 83 to 85. I think this is really important to understand. So previously the average driver was going 8 over the limit and now they are going 5 over the limit. So, while some people will be going 90 to 95, it isn't going to be that many and it will be easier for Highway Patrol to target them.

I am glad to see that this study is going to be expanded and that some areas are already being made permanent. Now how about a 70 mph study in urban areas?

Mr. Moots
Salt Lake City, UT

Most cars can handle going 100 just fine. Also, most people drive at the speed they are most comfortable with. Speed limits are unnecessary in all setting but school zones!

Salt Lake City, UT

"I hate driving in Utah. Everybody speeds. I have not lived in Utah since 1983 and I have had more friends die in traffic accidents in Utah than all other states combined."

First--I'm kinda glad I'm not your friend.

Second--If ONE of my friends died in a traffic accident in Utah, that would be more than all other states combined.

Gainesville, VA

We had to switch our insurance to UT as we are out of country and that is where our car is stored. It is costing us $250 more per year to insure our vehicle then in the East Coast because Utah has a poor driving record over all. I wouldn't be surprised if upping the speed limit doesn't make the insurers pause and consider increasing rates.

Salt Lake City, UT

Why are states opening up speed limits when gas is near an all time high??? Vehicles get less miles per gallon the faster they go unless they are geared for high speed. Cars and trucks are not geared to do 80mph.

80mph speed limits also create a great dependency between big rigs and slower moving vehicles and the hot-rodders doing 85-90. So on the one had you have people doing 65 in an 80 so they get good mpg's. On the other hand you have people doing the max 80+ speed limit.

Colorado Springs, CO

I am one of the very, very few who drive the speed limit - okay, maybe 2 miles an hour over the speed limit - but I regularly get passed like I am standing still. This is true in every region of the country I have driven in. I absolutely do not want to get a ticket, so I put up with tailgaters and aggressive drivers. This message is more for the police and highway patrol and those who decide speed limits: Either enforce the speed limits, or don't have them at all! Why are there no consequences for the majority who choose to break the law? Except for the occasional speed trap?

St. George, Utah

Speed is not the only issue of saftey on Utah highways. Those that insist on traveling down the inside (left) lane when there is an opening on the right (slow) lane is more of a hazard than speed. I am one that depending where I am at will go 5 over the posted but will not go over 80 mph intentionaly except to make a quicker pass to get back to the right lane.

Lafayette, IN

Since the global warming we have started is already a centuries-long effect, I guess we might as well push this experiment to the limit. Who cares about the innocents who have yet to be born.

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