Utah House votes to expand 80 mph roads

2013-02-06T12:40:00Z Utah House votes to expand 80 mph roadsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 06, 2013 12:40 pm  • 

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House has approved a measure to expand 80 mph stretches of some rural Utah roads.

The House voted 65-6 Wednesday to pass the measure. It will hike the speed limit on flat, straight portions of Interstates 15, 80 and 84 on the outer edges of the state.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. James Dunnigan of Taylorsville, reported that fewer car crashes occurred on roads with 80 mph speed limits and that drivers generally respected the new limit.

Democrat Rep. Marie Poulson of Salt Lake City opposed the bill, saying she fears drivers would drive faster than the new speed limit and cause more accidents.

The bill now goes to the Senate for approval and must be signed by the Governor.

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