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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19 2012 1:25 p.m. MDT

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worf
Mcallen, TX

anti-liar,

Most drivers have little knowledge of how a car operates, yet will trust a machine to keep them safe at high speeds?

I had a friend killed because a blanket fell out of pick-up in front of him, and wrapped around his wheel causing a roll over.

I can tell other stories, but let me just say,--reaction time is slower at high speed, and a slight movement of the steering wheel can easily put your car out of control.

Learn from history or by experience.

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

Why is everybody in such a hurry, anyway? Slow down and enjoy the ride, rather than treating it like a NASCAR event. It's safer, and saves energy, nerves, wear and tear, and road rage. So what if you get to St. George 10 minutes later?

I say lower the speed limits, increase the fines and enforcement for speeding, and use the extra revenue to fund education, or pay for acquiring and managing all the lands the state is trying to "take back" from the feds, or for some more worthy project. It's like renewable energy--a neverending source of funds without having to raise taxes.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Legalizing 80mph will ease the burden of catching all the speeders but, over time, more will increase their speed. Just as those of us driving with a 55mph limit we pushed that limit and then some. The same will happen with the younger generations of drivers.

What we really need are prohibitive fines for ticketed drivers caught speeding. Make it so expensive that they'll drive the limit!

VST
Bountiful, UT

One thing became very obvious to me as I read through the comments to this article.

Most commenter's did NOT even read or comprehend the article.

They just gut-reacted to their preconceived biases or notions about this whole issue of speed on the highways including whether global warming would be significantly impacted by increasing the speed limit by 5 mph.

Here is the bottom line:

1. The average speed ONLY increased by 2 mph along the 80 mph test strips over the past three years.

2. Only ONE serious accident during that test time was attributable to speed. Furthermore, I would submit that accident probably had no direct relationship to the posted speed limit increase from 75 to 80 mph - it likely would have happened if the speed limit was still set a 75 mph.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@ChadF
"Now how about a 70 mph study in urban areas?"

I hope not. People are surprisingly horrible drivers in this state. 80mph in open areas with little traffic is fine by me, but the cities should stay as they are.

Mr. Bean
Salt Lake City, UT

@worf:

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

You'd likely die... but many drive 80-85 MPH now.

@xscribe:

"I am one of the very, very few who drive the speed limit..."

Same here...

People who break speed limit laws will likely break other laws... breaking laws don't generally stop with just speeding. Whatever they can get away with when no one's watching, they will. Perhaps they're getting their cue from Obama and his Democrat cohorts who find sheer joy in lawbreaking... for whatever reason... because they know they can get away with it.

"This is true in every region of the country I have driven in. I absolutely do not want to get a ticket..."

It's almost impossible to get a speeding ticket in Utah. The cops, who could be earning millions for the state, are sitting in their squad cars watching TV on their portable TV screens. Where else could you get paid for doing nothing?

BobG
WEST VALLEY 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."

Sounds like maybe you know a lot of poor drivers.

Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

It is important to note that increasing the speed limit has almost nothing to do with saving time.

From Nephi to St. George -- about 200 miles -- going at a constant 80 mph would take 2 hours and 30 minutes; going at a constant 75 mph would take 2 hours and 40 minutes. Why not just leave 10 minutes earlier?

From Grantsville to Wendover, about 80 miles, takes one hour at 80 mph. At 75 mph it takes 1 hour and 4 minutes.

Certainly this legislation is not about saving time.

Red
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm with xscribe. We don't need any speed limits at all.

Ifel Of'a-sofa
Alpine, Utah

Here is a different spin... make a seperate road for semi's. They congest our roads, slow down traffic by blocking lanes or driving in the passing lane. Not to mention all the road debris from blown retreaded tires.

Also, slow drivers... stay out of the passing lane! And you don't have to be in the carpool lane "just because" if you have more than 1 person in the car and yet you will still match speeds with the far right(slow) lane.

Everyone bags on Utah drivers, but the ones doing the complaining are not usually from Utah.

I have driven roads from California, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Nevada, Louisiana, as well as in Europe. Bad drivers are everywhere!

Now the autobahn... thats a different story! kinda blows the slow driver mentality out of the water!

anti-liar
Salt Lake City, UT

"Cars and trucks are not geared to do 80mph."

Actually, most of the cars of today have overdrives and even double-overdrives; they are geared taller than ever; they can handle 80. If one doesn't skimp and use tires that make a car unstable at high speeds, the rest of the car also is able to handle 80. As always, the most critical factor is the competence and diligence of the driver.

HCB63
Orem, UT

It is amazing the justifications people use to exceed the speed limits on ALL roads here in Utah. I was trained as a driver in another state and follow the laws as best I can whenever (and wherever) I drive; often resulting in other drivers honking, zooming by me, or pulling unsafe, boneheaded maneuvers in front of me. As a former paramedic I have seen the results of speeding on the human body; and what I have seen and worked on would make most people vomit.

In Utah the State Patrol rarely pulls anyone over for speeding because they are too busy breaking the posted speed limit themselves. I have written the Governor and my Reps asking for better State Patrol funding to combat the horrific driving habits in Utah; only to have my inquiries met with silence.

Fact--The faster you go the less margin of error you have; the greater the stopping distance required. Higher speed equals greater trauma in any accident due to the excessive kinetic forces at work.
But, I suppose this too will fall on deaf ears as Utah drivers are too busy speeding (to wherever) to actually consider the issue with any thoughtful deliberation.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

If everyone drove 15 miles an hour accidents where entire families are killed would be very unlikely. I'm not saying we should lower it to 15, but raising it doesn't help safety at all. The faster the speed, the more deadly the road. Even a new tire can blow out. Safety should come before a mass disregard for the law.

Sarcastic remark: "Everyone does go faster than the current limit. Solution? We raise the limits again; surely people won't go even faster than the limits now."

To me, speed limits have more to do with a growing impatience and disrespect in society. Heaven forbid you don't get to your destination a few minutes or a few hours earlier than you wanted to.

Jim Walker
Ann Arbor, MI

Raising the posted limits on Interstates to 80 and 85 mph in most rural areas would improve safety nationwide. It would result in smoother and safer traffic flow with less speed variance and more lane courtesy. It would also draw more traffic to the Interstates where the fatality rate is two to four times lower per mile traveled than on surface highways.

Only ignorance prevents an immediate change to enhance safety in this way.

James C. Walker, National Motorists Association, Ann Arbor, MI

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