Comments about ‘Lawmaker to propose more 80 mph speed limits on Utah highways’

Return to article »

Published: Monday, Jan. 13 2014 2:50 p.m. MST

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Provo, UT

I was driving from Flagstaff to St. George a few weeks back, and I remember seeing a sign that would make driving in Utah so much better. Paraphrasing, it said "stay in the right lane unless actively passing" We can argue if it's speed that kills, or if it's people being dumb, or people causing problems (not knowing what they're doing, not going with the flow, inexperienced drivers, inexperienced on that road, etc.), but if everyone stayed as far right as possible unless you were passing someone, it would make driving in this state so much better.

Sure, you can go 75 in the left lane, but if there is no one in front of you, a big line behind you, and people are passing you on the right, I don't care if you are keeping the law, you are causing a problem. Speed up or better yet, move over.

North Carolian, AP

I live in Europe currently. You guys are not driving fast. Come over here. You go slower than 80 you get run over. They seem to have no real problems with their speeds here. It is nice to be able to set your cruize on 90 and just get across the contry in no time at all.

Springville, UT

This bill is sponsored by the grim reaper.

Salt Lake City, UT

Having grown up in Southern Utah I remember that more fatal accidents in our area were caused by people being drowsy or falling asleep at the wheel than driving too fast.

I think this is a good idea. I do wonder about the wisdom in increasing it along the Wasatch Front however. Rural Utah vs. Wasatch Front is an apples to oranges comparison.

Mcallen, TX


Imagine getting a blowout at that speed, or any other unexpected event.

Not much reaction time.

My neighbor was killed when a blanket fell from a pickup and wrapped around his tire. His SUV instantly started flipping over.

An old college roomate was killed when his tire broke of the car at a high speed.

Worf's law of safety:

Keep under 70

Ivins, UT

YES, sounds like out of state liberals who edged in should be invited out of this one. they obviously do not know what they are talking about. It is like the big city out of state people who work in our Utah National Parks as "rangers" advising us how to handle our cattle business. If you live in Utah then comment on our speed limit chaqnges. There is too much federal interference in our lives already.

Salt Lake City, UT

I drive to and from Las Vegas each month. Anymore, I do not feel safe going anything over 70 mph. Semis, which are supposed to be going 10 mph under the speed limit for cars, pass me going 75-80 mph. I have had experience trying to control a vehicle at lower and higher speeds. The latter almost killed me. You never know when you are going to be cut off, bumped or sideswiped by another vehicle. And if the speed limit is put at 80 mph, you know most cars will be going between 85-90 mph. And how much time is saved? At 70 mph my driving time to St. George (300 miles) is 4 hours and 28 minutes. At 80 mph it is 3 hours and 45 minutes. That is a savings of 43 minutes for a half-day drive. There is also the issue of fuel efficiency. I drove to Las Vegas once averaging 75 mph (that includes pit stops, so my actual average on the highway was around 80 mph. I got 43 miles to the gallon in Chevy Cruze Eco. When I drive there between 65-70 mph I never get under 50 mpg. Once I got 54 mpg.

West Jordan, UT

@sky2k1 - Actually, if you are in the left lane and going the speed limit and someone comes up behind you going faster and you don't get out of the way it's against the law to remain there (even if they're exceeding the speed limit.) It's called "Failure to Yield the Right of Way." People think that they can be in whatever lane they want if they are going to the speed limit, but if they'd bother to actually reader a Utah Driver's Manual, they'd know better... In fact, they'd probably realize that they're consistently violating other traffic laws too...

Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

Just remember that the reason for increasing the speed limit has little or nothing to do with time. Driving 200 miles, for example from Nephi to St George, at 80 miles per hour takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. Driving that same distance at 75 takes two hours and 40 minutes. Only a 10 minute time savings. Driving from Grantsville to Wendover, approximately 80 miles, takes 1 hour at 80 but takes 1 hour and 4 minutes at 75.

Jim Walker
Ann Arbor, MI

Engineers have known for at least 70 years that the best and safest speed limit to post is the 85th percentile speed of free flowing traffic under good conditions. On rural freeways that number will most often be 80 mph. James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association

Overton, NV

"...and quite frankly we don't need the higher emissions output that comes with faster driving."

Wow. That one made me laugh out loud in pure disbelief.
Higher emissions output that comes with faster driving? Say what? Prove your source.

You get more smog from cars idling in gridlock; not from a 5 mph difference in speed.

And for those complaining that cars will now travel at 85-90 mph? They already do that. Drive on I-15 in any state and you'll see that if you pay attention.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

Fact: most state Highway Incident dept's will cite speeding as one of the highest contributors.

It's easy to speed, but it certainly doesn't cause pain and suffering to slow down. We can all change, all drive a little better, and all do our part. Those that don't should be ticketed.

I've sped.
I've been ticketed.
I learned my lesson.

Complaining about commute time? Cost?

I'm in one of the lowest income brackets.
I found an area I liked.
I found a job in that area.
I moved.

What is so hard for everyone to understand here? It is purely juvenile for people to raise limits they are already breaking. Making delinquent behavior legal doesn't suddenly make consequences go away. Everyone hate our laws so much? Want to remove them? Fine, but the consequences are on your heads, not mine.

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments