Bill (SB 397) could allow Oregon DOT to reduce regional speed limits

As a legislator, state Sen. Cliff Bentz has been a vocal champion of raising speed limits in Eastern Oregon.

But for the 2019 session, the Ontario Republican has introduced Senate Bill 397, which allows the Oregon Department of Transportation to lower speed limits on Eastern Oregon highways under certain circumstances without action from the legislature.

Although Bentz is still happy that he supported the 2015 bill that raised speed limits on 10 segments of Eastern Oregon highways, he said there are some areas of highway that need to be adjusted.

The bill came at the request of Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce. And Betnz said there are some specific areas of concern in Malheur County, which contains five highways where the speed limit was raised.