• Sep 8, 2010
The state of Nevada is in one heck of a budget pinch, and candidate for governor Eugene "Gino" DiSimone is reportedly pitching some interesting ways of cutting the state's debt down to break-even. Beyond some controversial schemes that include pulling control of the Nevada National Guard away from the federal government and working out deals with mining companies to pay off debts in gold and silver, DiSimone also wants to open up the road to lead-foots. For a price.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, DiSimone thinks that letting commuters travel at up to 90 miles per hour without fear of getting a ticket can net the cash-strapped state $1 billion per year. The proposed fee for this right? A cool $25 a day. To reach the $1 billion mark, DiSimone expects to find 40 million takers over the course of a year.

In theory, this plan appears to be sound. But after a bit of thought we're thinking speeding for dollars will likely never work. First off, the Nevada police don't seem to like the idea, as the fuzz thinks maintains there is a connection between speeding and deadly accidents. And if cash for speed is to work, police would have to diligently enforce the speeding laws for those who don't pony up $25 per diem. Further, critics are likely to argue that such measures will disproportionately target the less fortunate who won't be able to afford the tariff.

Of course, such naysayers have a point. If you want to drive that fast every day for a month, that right would would cost you about $750. That's an awful lot of coin, and enough money to purchase one hell of a radar detector and pay off a couple of tickets to boot. Then there is the fact that many of the state's lead-footed already have detectors and already travel at speeds approaching 90 mph on the state's wide-open roads. So why pay the state for something you already do? Thanks to everyone for the tips. What do you think? Have your say in 'Comments.'

[Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal | Image: GinoForGovernor]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      At least it is different than using speed cameras to make money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this is a great idea. To go along with it, just jack up ticket costs for those who don't pay.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Further, critics are likely to argue that such measures will disproportionately target the less fortunate who won't be able to afford the tariff."

      Boo-frickity-hoo. This so-called tariff (more precisely a voluntary tax) is aimed squarely at business and the well-to-do. I'd have thought that the "critics" wouldn't mind another opportunity to "soak the rich".

      $25/day for 90 MPH is an intriguing notion. I'd be more interested in "Speed Tourism", though, if they'd eliminate the speed limit altogether for sections of Highway 50. All that flat, straight asphalt begs to be burned up autobahn-style.

      • 4 Years Ago
      "the Nevada police don't seem to like the idea, as the fuzz thinks maintains there is a connection between speeding and deadly accidents"

      Oh PLEASE! The cops don't like the idea because they know they can make alot more money in speeding ticket revenue than this "speeding for dollars" idea - THAT'S why they don't like it. Don't insult us by saying they might actually be concerned about our safety (unless "safety" equals fines, then I'm sure they're all for it).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Speed Tourism. I'd probably pay the $25/day if I was vacationing in Nevada AND the speed limit wasn't 90, but a more realistic 155 or so.

      That said, not sure I like the whole idea. I'll have to ponder it some more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "No SUVs/pickup trucks/crossovers/vans/minivans licensed for HST traffic. They're too clumsy to be driven that fast"

        That's a but of a generalization though.

        I'd trust an X5 or Cayenne at 120 mph way more than say, a Yaris or Buick Century.
        • 4 Years Ago
        155 isn't realistic. To be able to drive that fast, with any consistency, you'd need serious training. Do you want some dumb coked-up hollywood starlet paying her $25 to go 155? I sure as hell don't.

        My High-Speed Travel Guideline:
        (With many contributions from above)
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        -Maximum Speed: 120mph
        -Minimum Speed: 100mph
        -Special HST Driving endorsement and test
        -Speed is enforced by Radar Camera to prevent unnecessary hazard to Highway Patrol.
        -You agree to be enforced by Radar Camera when you sign for your endorsement. (Many states have banned cameras because of constitutionality issues)
        -No SUVs/pickup trucks/crossovers/vans/minivans licensed for HST traffic. They're too clumsy to be driven that fast
        -Special safety inspection guidelines for HST licensed drivers' automobiles.
        -Special licenses for HST vehicles.
        -Electronic tags in HST licensed vehicles to allow access to HST lanes

        This creates revenue in the form of testing, licensure, ticketing, and inspections.
        Jobs in the form of testing vehicles for HST specification compliance, maintenance, HST endorsement testing...

        Just an idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sheesh, what a stupid idea. Wanna balance the budget, STOP SPENDING tax money you morons. Here's another way we can reduce gov't spending, lets have less politicians on payroll that do nothing but think of ways they can fund their uselessness.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is really a simple proposition. The people of the state have to decide what govt. services they want and are willing to pay for via taxes. Cut the ones they aren't willing to pay for with taxation and tax them for the services they want. When you try to hide it with all of these schemes instead of being straight forward and honest, the citizens get a false idea of reality and expect something for nothing.

        You want good police coverage, you have to pay taxes for it. Not trap people with yellow light schemes, speed traps,etc. to shake them down to cover the balance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        By golly, you're right Hazdaz! We should give everyone everything they want and get someone else to pay for it!

        Or not. You seem to have no ideas for improvement other than "raise taxes." You can't cut your way out of a budget hole, but you sure as hell can't tax your way out of one either. And please don't pretend that recent spending has done anything to better the economy.

        This is a car blog, so please spare us hysterical "Reagan and Republicans ruined the country!!!11" line that you manage to weave into every post. Oh, and the comparison between German infrastructure and American infrastructure is irrelevant considering how much larger and more importantly, sparsely populated, the US is.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Jake: "This is really a simple proposition. The people of the state have to decide what govt. services they want and are willing to pay for via taxes. Cut the ones they aren't willing to pay for..."

        Just love simple answers, but the problem is the people can't agree on what to cut and what to pay for. There was a survey a few months ago regarding the Federal budget and what people wanted to cut. The only budget category/program out of 20 that more than 10% of the responders could agree to cut was foreign aid and fewer than 50% would cut that. One persons wasteful spending is anothers important program or necessary tax credit or tax deduction (credits and deductions are simply spending by letting a select group keep a portion of the taxes they'd otherwise owe)
        • 4 Years Ago
        What a nice and overly simplistic answer, and yet the second that one of YOUR programs gets the ax, you'll automatically proclaim it as too important to cut.

        Until the morons out there realize that you can't cut your way out of a budget hole, but instead need to build-up an economy through better, higher-paying jobs, we will eternally be caught up in Reagan's legacy of bankrupting this country through cuts that sacrificed our future.

        But I realize that takes actual effort and gumption, and doesn't fit too well into our 10-second sound byte society in which everything is a nice and easy fix.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, no, "we" don't depend on government. And I know a lot of people who think there should be no government. They used to be libertarians, but then they matured and did some thinking.
        The fact is there's no program or field the government, at any level, is involved in that their involvement shouldn't be, at minimum, reduced. Even if you're a mainstream (D)-(R) sheep. All taxation is theft. The guys who collect it have guns you or I can't even own. They have monopoly power on collection and levying of these taxes including the courts. Make it voluntary, take the guns out of their hands, and see real quick how many government programs get funding and support. Including this hare-brained scheme.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I kind of view speeding tickets this way as it is. If I want to speed I sometimes have to buy a ticket for the right to do it.
      At least that's what I tell my wife.
        • 4 Years Ago
        and that's likely a lot cheaper than $750/mo. At least I'd hope so!

        Not a horrible idea, but the execution is damn near impossible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This already exists to some extent: 11-99 Foundation license frames & membership card.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You guys got it all wrong, don't think of this as pre-pay. This would rule as a post-pay, think ticket without points or insurance finding out. You get tagged once that day, you pay the fine and keep going for the rest of the day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like the idea, but just assign the law to the left lane. All the others can follow the regular law in the other lanes. Like HOV lanes this would be HSL (Higher Speed Lane).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Great Idea!
        one of my main concerns was that everyone else would be slower than you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You'd better hope for dramatically less congestion if you want that plan to work. I know that for the majority of Interstate driving I do, I tend to have trafic all around me that rarely let's me surpass the normal speed limit much less 150% of that limit, and I don't live in a havily urban area either. I know that there are thousands of miles of open interstate across the country, but not where 90% of people tend to drive.

      Unless you take a lot of cross country trips, that $1k will just be a waste since you won't get to take advantage of it for the vast majority of your driving.

      You might get a few takers until they realize what a waste it is then drop off. That's just far too much to pay for getting to drive a couple of hours a month(if you're lucky) at extra-legal speeds. Much better to take your chances with getting a ticket and pocketing the rest of the cash.
        • 4 Years Ago
        disregard, reply error.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how this governor knows so little about his state. He's worried about speeders, yet just north of Las Vegas lies a facility that houses alien spacecraft and possible aliens. Why doesn't he fine Area 51 for breaking environmental laws(and don't tell me they're exempt). He won't even try.
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