Proposal To Raise Speed Limits In Idaho Clears Senate

February 27, 2014

A bid to increase speed limits on Idaho roads raced to a victory on the Senate floor, as lawmakers voted 30-4 to send it on to the House.

Legal speeds would jump from 75 to 80 mph on the interstate and from 65 to 70 mph on state highway, if Idaho Transportation Department signs off.

The department would first conduct safety studies to decide if faster commutes are a good idea.

speed_limitSen. Bart Davis, an Idaho Falls Republican and the bill’s sponsor, said the increase adds convenience for drivers.

He denied being motivated by a personal desire to step on the gas, telling senators he typically drives “like an old man.”

Utah voted to raise speed limits last year, and studies there haven’t found an increase in wrecks, Davis said.

Latest Comments

  • February 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm
    Katie says:
    Speeds are already higher in other states, such as Montana. Any driver going 90-100 doesn't care about speed limits. No one is going to start driving 90-100 because the speed ... read more
  • February 27, 2014 at 5:34 pm
    Tony Stagner says:
    Huh! statement has proven to be false. In states with higher limits the majority of the cars stick to them. People tend to drive at a safe speed.
  • February 27, 2014 at 2:55 pm
    Huh! says:
    Better to leave the limits as posted now. A good many drivers are probably already driving at the higher speeds. Increasing from 75 to 80 will quite likely result in drivers... read more
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