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Published: Friday, July 4 2014 10:45 p.m. MDT

Updated: Saturday, July 5 2014 10:05 a.m. MDT

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JWB
Kaysville, UT

When the State made the decision on higher speed limits, it also allowed impaired drivers to flow with traffic. To cross the median and then go the opposite direction in the westbound lane and then to be able to turn around in that side of the freeway and then accelerate to 80 MPH, he and other drivers really didn't figure into the higher speed limit change. 36 people killed in June. What has changed?

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Sorry, the speed limits had nothing to do with this tragedy. I really don't think people under the influence would have been going 65, or 75 or whatever the speed limit was, and the mere fact they were going the wrong way shows a reckless disregard for the law as well as common sense.

If they were in fact impaired. They should face three homicide charges and be locked up the rest of their life so they never kill again.

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

@DN Subscriber:
"Sorry, the speed limits had nothing to do with this tragedy."

Speeding may not have been the cause of this tragedy, but speeding is the main cause of tragedy and death on the freeways. For some strange reason many drivers get it into their heads that, when they get onto the freeway, they're supposed to barrel down the road as fast as they can. And everybody is supposed to get out of their way. The unfortunate thing is, the cops seem to let them get away with it.

If everyone would slow to the speed limit or less the chances of getting safely to a destination rather than the morgue is greatly increased. Too many times the next time you see your loved ones is in the morgue.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Speed had EVEYTHING to do with the fatalities.

A drunk going 25 mph would not hurt anyone,
A drunk going 80 mph killed everyone.

It's a matter of physics, not morals.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Having flown aircraft for 20 years and investigating many flight accidents, there is a kinetic energy factor with collisions. There are plenty of scientific formulas with proven data that show the impact of an impact. Impairment can be factor but usually the impaired party doesn't know the real impact of what they caused as they were impaired and can't see the horror of what they have done. They become cognizant, maybe way after an incident and still don't understand the terror they caused to the others, whether on the road, home, work or at school. They push the limit and know what that is, NOT. They think they know but with impairment, they don't really know what their capability is that day. Just one drink is all you are tempted to have, just one. One isn't going to hurt you or other people. You live in a free country, which means you can do what you want. Speed isn't going to hurt, especially if you are impaired. Others pick you up and save you for another day. Seat belts can save lives even though some will argue that seat belts can maybe kill you.

AGentry
Elko, NV

Speed had EVERYTHING to do with the fatalities? Are you kidding me?! How many times have you been traveling when the speed limit was 75 and you set your cruise control at 80 because we all get away with that "only 5 mph over cushion" we think we have? Changing the speed limit to 80 mph actually made most of us within the law. I happened to be traveling that stretch of road Friday morning and noticed I was quite comfortable with my cruise set at 80 and so were most of the other drivers, it seemed that the "5 mph over" need was no longer there. I must say, the speed limit change has not made me want to start driving impaired in any sort of way and driving the wrong direction, that's just silly!!! The speed limit change simply made me feel like I'm getting to my destination a little bit sooner and within the law.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

An innocent bystander traveling within the speed-limit is not the problem. As previously stated, the impaired driver didn'r know what was happening and if that person was going over the speed limit in the opposite direction on a freeway that is not to have opposite direction high speed traffic, speed is a factor, no matter what speed. Speed limits are made with basic factors figured into the calculations and opposite direction on a freeway is not a calculated factor. However, on a two lane road, opposite direction is a factor as there is no median or barricades.

shoebox
Salt Lake City, UT

Speed is a small factor into this accident. I saw the wreckage driving eastbound on the 80 this particular evening.

First of all, an imparied driver doesn't pay attention to speed. So for those that commented that increasing the speed limit allows impaired drivers to flow with traffic isn't really valid. In another article, witnesses claimed to have seen him chucking beer bottles out of his truck in the median prior to entering the freeway. He wasn't paying attention.

Second, to claim that speed had everything to do with the fatalities is completely disregarding the fact that this man was drunk, that the fact that the families weren't buckled properly, and that the drunk man was on the WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD. Speed played a minor part in this accident because...

Third, to say that "A drunk going 25 mph would not hurt anyone, A drunk going 80 mph killed everyone." is unrealistic. No one would be driving 25mph on the freeway. No law will change the limit to 25 mph because the design of the freeway is to allow faster speeds to those that can obey traffic laws.

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