Feeling the need for speed on I-90

Tuesday, April 19, 2016by  Derek Wing

The Washington State Department of Transportation is considering raising the speed limit for a stretch of I-90 in Eastern Washington to 75 miles per hour. But should it?

They’re looking for public comment on the proposal, which would increase the legal speed from 70 to 75 for a roughly 100-mile stretch from the town of George to the western border of Spokane County. For reference, the fastest legal speed limit in the country is in the state of Texas, where drivers can go up to 85 mph in certain areas.

While a higher speed limit may make for some quicker trips and free up drivers to go a little faster, it might also increase the chances of deadly accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, increased speed limits have caused 33,000 deaths in the last 20 years.

Two meetings are scheduled this week (Tuesday 4/19 & Wed 4/20) to discuss the speed limit increase, and WSDOT will make a decision sometime in May. If the speed limit increases, the change will take place as soon as new signs are posted.

What do you think about the idea of this stretch of I-90 going from 70 to 75 mph?

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