Bill introduced to raise freeway speed limits

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  • Jim Walker Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 29, 2014 1:37 p.m.

    Every major highway segment should have its speed limit set with correct engineering and usually at the 85th percentile speed of free flowing traffic under good conditions. Very few rural Interstate segments in Utah and other western states would be posted lower than 80 - except perhaps in some high mountain pass areas.

    Utah and Texas are leading the way in western states in resetting posted speed limits for safety, NOT to satisfy the false myths or to enable speed traps.

    James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    The higher limits already set on portions of our highways has proven that there is not any increased safety risk from this. Let's do it!

    Next, let's see about changing most of the "STOP" signs to "YIELD" signs which will speed up traffic and dramatically reduce emissions with less need to burn all that fuel needed to start up again from a full stop. The YIELD sign still obligates a driver to stop and wait if there is cross traffic, so it should have little if any safety risk.