UPDATE:

Sen. John Murante of Gretna introduced legislation that would increase I–80's speed limit from 75 to 80 miles per hour.

It would also raise the speed limit of many rural highways by five miles per hour.

"The Department of Transportation just concluded an exhausting study," Murante said.  "Studying whether it is safe to increase the speed limit.  In this way they feel--and I agree--that it is perfectly safe and reasonable to increase the speed limit."

Gov. Pete Ricketts supports it, saying it would be good for business and tourism.

Of course, the bill has its opponents.

The Nebraska Safety Council issued a statement saying, in part:

"Research shows that for each five mile-per-hour increase in the maximum speed limit, a 4 percent increase in fatalities was noted. An increase on interstates and freeways, the roads most affected by state maximums, resulted in an 8 percent increase in fatalities."

Truck drivers deal with these stretches of road every day.  Driver Richard Frey said people are driving too fast as it is.

"The volume of traffic is too high already and they're traveling at too fast of speeds already," Frey said.  "A lot of the drivers that we have on the road today are not qualified to drive at that speed."

Others said it would give them a better chance to get where they're going.

"I think every little bit helps, especially when we're trying to deal with this electronic log device," Roger Williams said.  "People have to be careful, regardless of what speed they're going.  And five miles an hour difference, to me, is not that big a difference."

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Posted By: Pierce Georlett

pgeorlett@klkntv.com

Senator Murante introduced a bill that could raise speed limits here in Nebraska. 

The bill that was introduced today, is backed by Gov. Pete Ricketts, and it would allow for more consistent speed limits by setting them at 65 mph on rural highways, and raising the speed limit on I-80 from 75 mph to 80 mph. 

Sen. Murante stated that,"The department of transportation just concluded an exhausting study... studying whether it is safe to increase the speed limit.. in this way they feel and I agree that it is perfectly safe and reasonable to increase the speed limit, and it's something that the people of Nebraska really want."

But not everyone is so sure that raising the speed limits on Nebraska highways is a good thing, the Nebraska Safety Council commented today saying, "We would not be in favor of raising the speed limit on the interstate.  Research shows that for each 5 mph increase in the maximum speed limit a 4 percent increase in fatalities was noted. An increase on interstates and freeways, the roads most affected by state maximums, resulted in an 8 percent increase in fatalities."

Also the Department of Transportation says increasing the speed limit could help out local businesses, and commuting workers here in Nebraska. 

Gov. Pete Ricketts also said, "It allows us to be able to...again.. streamline how people are traveling around our state.. allows quicker delivery of business goods, tourists will be able to get around our state more quickly people will get to work faster."

Sen. John Murante also added, "Any time we can expedite the commute of people from their businesses to their homes it helps all Nebraskans and it will drive people to businesses who other wise might stay home..

Now raising the speed limits is not final, as this bill has just been introduced today, and still has a long process to go until it is put into action.