Nevada DOT refuses to accept 80 mph limit

Last year the Nevada legislature raised the speed limit to 80. So why aren’t there any 80 mph signs? Because the DOT director doesn’t want them.

The official explanation is the law “allows NDOT to evaluate the potential of raising speed limits where safe and practical to do so.”

Not true.

Like I said before, DOTs have turned into PR firms and you should believe their explanations as much as you believe the guy selling slightly used TVs off the back of a truck.

What the law really says is the state 75 mph speed limit is now 80. Anywhere Nevada DOT has not formally lowered the speed limit from 80, the limit is 80. Lowering the speed limit requires a traffic study, which the DOT admits hasn’t been done.

The ongoing investigation is not a real traffic study. The DOT is consulting with police to make sure they are willing to lose 30% of their chances to make pretext stops.

Nevada DOT didn’t used to stall like this. There was no exhaustive survey of every guardrail post along I-80 before raising 55 to 65 or 65 to 75. The DOT used to just post rural highways at whatever the legislature said the maximum speed limit was, if there was one. Before 1973 there was no speed limit. There was no need for a speed limit. There is still no need for a speed limit.

Nothing is special about this speed limit change, except this time the DOT doesn’t want it.

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One Response to “Nevada DOT refuses to accept 80 mph limit”

  1. seenmuch says:

    The head of the NV DOT made it clear at the hearings held during the debate of the limit increase that the DOT would ignore the increase and refuse to post it if passed with them given responsibilities on where it might be posted. So their current actions should be no surprise to anyone.. A compromise was struct in effort to make the DOT support the increase with the lowering of the maximum from 85 down to 80 in the hope NV DOT would then voluntarily obey the law and post the increase across the state on I-15 & I-80…….

    But contrary to supposed agreement which the legislators thought they had made NV DOT is doing exactly as they promised in those hearing, refusing to even acknowledge the new limit law!!!

    Unfortunately it is really looking like only by removing NV DOT’s authority to ignore the increase to 80 where safe is the only way they will ever post it……I hope those who in the Nevada legislature who pushed for this increase where safe soon realize what is happening, soon enough to edit the law to make NV DOT obey it so the can finally get the limit increase to 80 where safe on I-15 & I-80…….

    It is looking like the Only way this 80 mph limit which is safe across 95 % of the state’s rural interstate’s 15 & 80 is going to get posted is if the bill sponsors who proposed and passed the bill which legalized the increase get together to rewrite the increase bill removing NV DOT’s ability to ignore the increase.

    Only by taking away NV DOT’s the ability to ignore the 80 mph limit law from NV DOT members, only allowing them to post lower where they can come up with data saying 80 is too fast & unsafe for a specific stretch will we see 80 anywhere anytime soon in Nevada.

    That is remove NV DOT’s ability to ignore limit maximum law like was recently done in Oregon with their limit increase to 70 for over 12 years. Finally the Oregon legislature passed a limit increase which goes into effect required by law on March 1, 2016 on specified stretches of highways & freeways across eastern Oregon, in such a way OrDOT cannot refuse any longer to post it…!!!!…

    OrDOT did for 12+ years the same as NV DOT is doing right now refusing to even acknowledge the limit increase to 80 that went into effect on Oct 1…..

    OregonDOT has ignored their allowed limit increase refusing to post it to the 70 mph allowed since 2003. In 2003 the limit on the books in Oregon increased to 70 mph for all, a change in law which was passed/signed into law for all traffic in 2003.

    Oregon DOT has for the last 12+ years since the 70 mph for car & trucks passage refused to even discuss the posting of the 70 mph allowed limit increase anywhere in the state.

    Today Only after the current specific limit law just passed becoming law on March 1, 2016 removed OrDOT authority to ignore limit increase in law spelled out for specific stretches of I-84 & US 95 to 70C/65T and a list of specific eastern Oregon two lane highways increased from 55 to 65C/60T has OrDOT finally put into motion the increases which take effect on March 1 as spelled out in the passed/signed into law bill.