Husker State considers lower speed limit, higher fines on I-80

| 1/24/2003

Two bills introduced in the Nebraska Senate seek safer highways.

Sen. Jim Jones of Eddyville has introduced a bill to lower the speed limit for all I-80 travelers. LB401 would reduce the current 75-mph speed limit to 70 mph on I-80 east of U.S. Highway 81 to the Douglas-Sarpy County line.

The bill resulted from a rise in traffic volume and fatalities along I-80 in eastern Nebraska, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. The newspaper reported that last year was the deadliest ever along I-80, with more than 50 fatalities, far exceeding the record of 37 in 1996.

Additionally, Sen. Ed Schrock introduced a bill (LB502) that would double fines for speeding on the interstate. Both bills have been referred to the Senate Transportation and Telecommunications Committee.