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Bill Would Allow 85 MPH Speed Limit In NV

Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would allow the state to raise highway speed limits to 85 miles per hour.

Republican bill sponsor Sen. Don Gustavson testified on SB 2 on Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Transportation.

The bill would allow the state transportation department to raise the maximum speed limit on certain roads to 85 mph. The current maximum speed limit in Nevada tops out at 75 mph primarily on a number of rural interstates.

Gustavson said raising speed limits would help truckers and cut down on travel fatigue for all drivers. A number of police agencies and the state transportation department testified against the bill and said it could increase fatal crashes.

Only Utah and Texas have speed limits exceeding 75 miles per hour.

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