LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Is it time for California to speed things up on state highways?

Despite implementing 70 mph speed limits on multiple interstate and non-interstate freeway segments, California – where three of the four longest interstate routes in the country are located – is already falling behind several other U.S. states, where the maximum speed is as high as 85 mph.

Lawmakers in Nebraska introduced a bill in January that would raise the state’s speed limit from 75 to 80 mph, which if passed would match six other states with an 80-mph maximum, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Drivers in Texas and Nevada, meanwhile, can drive up to 85 mph and not worry about getting a ticket.

Safety advocates have long warned that increasing driving speeds leads to more auto-involved fatalities, but there’s no sign that lawmakers in California – which last raised its speed limit from 55 to 65 mph on most highways in 1995 – are prepared to make such a move.

The last time California officially raised the speed limit was over two decades ago. (Photo credit: Al Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Studies conducted after the change was made found average driving speeds barely nudged upward: where the limit was raised to 65 mph, average speeds went up by .4 from 68.3 to 68.7, according to Mercury News.

It’s also still unclear what impact such a change would have on driving times.

Researchers with the National Transportation Safety Board have found driving at 80 mph over a 50-mile trip would shave about two and a half minutes off total driving time compared with a 75 mph rate of speed.

Comments (3)
  1. Raise the speed limit, it is too low!!!

    1. Interstates need to have higher speed limits, it takes too long to go places, especially when there is traffic.

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