Don Gustavson Senator proposes 85th MPH speed limit


Don Gustavson Senator proposes 85th MPH speed limitNorthern Nevada, the New Autoban?

The question everyone’s asking is “would you drive 85”?  That’s just one of the bills proposed by State Senator Don Gustavson.  It would allow the Nevada Department of Transportation to raise the present maximum speed limit “wherever it deemed it was safe”.  The maximum speed limit is now 70, with speeds of 75 allowed in some rural areas.

Trooper Chuck Allen, spokesman for the Nevada Highway Patrol, said that the problem with higher speeds, is the greater damage and fatalities in the result of an accident.  He also foresees that statistics prove that drivers tend to drive five miles over the posted speed limit.  So that means some drivers will be traveling at 90 miles an hour.  The only state with an 85 mph speed limit at present is Texas.

Sitting in a Reno Starbucks, Greg Ramsay recounted several cross-state drives that often didn’t seem to end. As he put it, “Brutal comes to mind. Butt-numbing. I listen to a lot of books on tape. So…it’s educational.” He says if the speed limit sign said 85 miles per hour…he’d do it. “Yeah, probably…or just under.”

Anyone who lives in Nevada, especially the northern part of the state, has encountered some of the loneliest highways in the nation.  But, having driven professionally, I don’t believe most people are knowledgeable enough to drive  55 mph properly.  85 mph would produce some dramatic and probably fatal results.  Other drivers beware!

Another bill proposed by assembly woman Michele Fiore would allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus.  UNR Police Chief Adam Garcia says he’s not in favor of the bill.  He believes it is best left up to professionals.  There are too many scenarios when an angry or depressed student could turn the gun on fellow students or faculty.  But, the NRA loves the idea.  Surprised?

Yet another bill related to guns would allow those who have concealed weapons permits to carry any type of gun.  At present permits specify the exact make and model of the weapon.

One other motion that is in consideration is changing the state constitution regarding when the legislature meets.  Monday, legislation by Sen. Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas proposed Senate Joint Resolution 8, authorizing 90-day legislative sessions in odd-numbered years and 30-day sessions in even number years.

Similar measures proposed over the decades have failed, primarily because the salaries of legislators would also be increased.

Donna Summers was wrong, “they don’t work hard for their money.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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