• Sep 24th 2012 at 10:30AM
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The Utah Department of Transportation released a study that showed increasing the speed limit on some parts of freeways from 75 mph to 80 mph may actually be a good thing, according to to Fox 13 Now.

The studied noted that portions of road that had the 80 mph limit saw average speeds increase just 2 mph and accidents decrease 11 percent in one area and 20 percent in another. All in all, the study concluded that drivers tend to comply more with higher speed limits, making for a safer road.

The Utah government has now shown an interest in putting more 80 mph zones throughout the state, which would be strategically picked out on stretches of road that are straight and provide a lower chance of accidents. The state is also making the speed limit increase permanent in two of the "test zones."

If the study finds similar results in two other "test areas," the state will make those permanent in 2014 as well, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Utah isn't the first state to allow 80 mph limits. Texas also had 80 mph restrictions on some rural roads, and made news earlier this month by becoming the first state to allow an 85-mph limit on one new highway. State Highway 130, which runs between the outskirts of Austin and San Antonio, will allow for 85-mph limits when it opens in a few weeks.

In that case, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and other safety advocates expressed concern that the limits may lead to more traffic fatalities and injuries.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Great the first comment is from a political ********
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it was up to insurance companies - the speed limits on interstates would be 20 MPH so they wouldn't have to pay for claims. The insurance companies are hoarding cash, paying bonuses to execs while raising your premiums and raking in stock options and dividends. Insurance companies are tied into the banks and the bailouts that Odumdum paid out! Insurance companies pick and choose which states they do business in because of state laws regarding claims and coverage. Insurance companies create policies for those states and do business in states that are the most profitable; and in only those states. I am sure the rules in Louisianna are different than Wyoming or Ohio. Federal governmental regulations and intervention should prohibit this practice. BUT NO, that's where the campaign contributions come from - lobbyists from the insurance industry. As for those concerned with energy conservation - HOGWASH. Gas mileage based on speed limits can simply be offset by having windows up or down. Drivers either drive with windows up or down depending on their comfort level in warm and cold weather, so should there be a law requiring driving with windows up? or down?
      jthunder32
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh my! So another words if you get into an accident (from a tire blow out, or hit by a dui driver) they just want to make sure your dead on the spot??? Is this how the government decides on how to create more jobs to have others clean up the mess, and create more legal issues? I get it! They want you to drive faster for you'll burn more fuel, then you have to refill your tank a lot sooner. That way they can get more cash from the tax at the pump for their raises, and lawyers will get a better chance at getting your underwear's if you don't have a great insurance policy.
      jthunder32
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh my! So another words if you get into an accident (from a tire blow out, or hit by a dui driver) they just want to make sure your dead on the spot??? Is this how the government decides on how to create more jobs to have others clean up the mess, and create more legal issues? I get it! They want you to drive faster for you'll burn more fuel, then you have to refill your tank a lot sooner. That way they can get more cash from the tax at the pump for their raises, and lawyers will get a better chance at getting your underwear's if you don't have a great insurance policy.
      • 2 Years Ago
      80+ SPEED LIMITS COULD WORK ON MANY HIGHWAYS IF WE HAD THE SIMILAR TRAFFIC LAWS AS EUROPEAN COUTRIES. LONGER DRIVING TRANING AND ALL TRAFFIC STAY IN TRAVEL LANES UNLESS PASSING A VEHICLE THEN YOU MUST RETURN BACK TO TRAVEL LANE THATS THE SAME RULE THEY ENFORCE ON THE AUTOBAUN.
        neesee
        • 2 Years Ago
        And doesnt it make the slow guys figure it out really fast?
      arenadood
      • 2 Years Ago
      With todays car designs and open roads I think this is a good idea.
      Louis
      • 2 Years Ago
      In NY, when possible, I drive between 70 and 80 mph normally. I find it to be a comfortable and safe driving speed on parkways and expressways. Even if the state were to raise the limit to accomodate my 70 to 80 mph speed, I truly would not feel the need or have the desire to drive over 85 so, yes i believe the validity of a higher speed reducing accidents. Many of the so called, high speed accidents, (not those that are drug or alcohol related,) are caused by someone actually moving too slowly.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think 80 mph is fine in some areas. However, I do believe that all multi-axiel vehicles and especially big trucks should be restricted to 10 mph below the posted speed limits and they should be restricted to the far right two lanes. They should also only use the 2nd for passing only. There is several reasons as most trucks use recappd tires which are only safe up to 55 mph.
      Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      More deaths and 25 percent more fuel consumption. Who is the genius behind this law???
        llrobertmail
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jim
        Jim you have to be a democrat to make a stupid statement like that Highter speed limit meand more attention given to driving safely. Lar
        avl14
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jim
        Jim you must not be driving a newer car they do 80 like and older car did 55. Also, most 3/4 trucks get better mpg at 78 to 80 over 70.
        druhbarnes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jim
        Well, no one is going make you drive 80 mph. So you can just continue to tootle along @ 55 mph---just PLEASE stay in the left lane, or YOU will be the one CAUSING more accidents. If you read the article, it stated that there were FEWER accidents on the test portions of the hwy. As for the increase in fuel consumption, that is the problem of each drivers pocketbook.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I remember in my Home State=Montana! When was voted! No Interstate Speed Limit! Drivers were driving 85-100 mph! More wrecks were seen! So they went back too 75mph! I a former Truck Driver and Car! Always drove 65 too 70mph! Regardless of Posted! Whats the rush & waste of fuel etc!? I felt safer not only for myself! But others also!
      psridgell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Many Texas hiways have gone to 75 and 80, and I find on interstate 80 is very safe. It's the two lane roads that are 75 now, and everyone is going 80 to 90, and that is very unsafe here.
        ajacquez
        • 2 Years Ago
        @psridgell
        Actually, Texans are not driving 80. Just came from San Antonio to Fort Stockton on I-10 where speed limit is 80. Everyone was going about 75, both for safety reasons and economical. Most new cars have mpg info and I think people are seeing how much high speed driving uses gas. I saw my car get only about 25 mpg at 75 whereas it gets about 30 mpg at 70. Shutter to think what it would be at 80
      Fred
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds good, when you have to lock up your brakes, better save some money for new pads, they go fast.
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