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Lawmaker Seeks Speed Limit Increase

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File photo of speed limit sign. (Photo by Rick Scibelli/Getty Images)

File photo of speed limit sign. (Photo by Rick Scibelli/Getty Images)

(Carson City, NV) — Drivers will be able to put the pedal closer to the metal, if a bill to increase speed limits on Nevada highways is approved.

SB191 sponsored by Republican Sen. Don Gustavson would increase the allowable speed limit to 85 mph from 75 mph.

The measure was introduced Monday in the Nevada Senate.

Existing law gives the Department of Transportation authority to set the speed limit on highways it builds or maintains, such as Interstate 80 that stretches 410-miles across northern Nevada from Utah to the California line.

The bill would allow NDOT to up the speed limit to 85 on roads if it determines the higher speed limit would be safe.

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