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Drivers raise concerns over I-80 speed increase proposal

Posted at 10:18 PM, Jan 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-30 15:06:17-05

Drivers are sounding the alarm about safety along I-80 if a proposal to increase the speed limit passes. 

Gov. Pete Ricketts, along with the bill's sponsor, Gretna Senator John Murante want to increase I-80's speed limit between Omaha and Lincoln from 75 mph to 80 mph. 

Some drivers aren't please about the idea of increasing the speed and have been vocal about it.

"If that stretch is going faster than 80, that's going to be scary," said Terry Patton, who travels from Omaha to Lincoln often. "There's big trucks out there; there's a lot of cars out there. I don't think it's going to reduce travel time. It's going to cause more wrecks."

The bill still needs to go to the transportation committee and then a hearing will take place in a few weeks. 

If Nebraska lawmakers approve raising the speed limit to 80 mph on the interstate, it would become the eighth state to allow drivers to go that fast. 

Portions of highways in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming have 80 mph posted limits. The highest posted speed in the entire country can be found on the Texas State Highway 130, with a speed of 85.