There is a bill under discussion that would increase the speed limit by five miles an hour on state highways and interstates across Nebraska. That would bump up the speed limit to 80 mph on interstate systems and 65 on most state highways. President and CEO of the National Safety Council of Nebraska Eric Koeppe says slow down and take things one step at a time and look at the facts.
Koeppe says, “From an Insurance Institute study, the last time we increased speed limits nationwide that we had an increase in deaths related to the speed increase. Basically their study found that for every five miles an hour you increased speed you had a 4% increase in fatalities. Their study showed there was an 8% increase in fatalities on interstates.” He says those deaths were tied directly to the increase in the speed limit.
Koeppe says when you raise the speed limit two things happen. One is the likelihood that you will be involved in a crash increases and secondly the severity of the injury in that crash increases.
The Council would also like to see seat belt use and texting while driving or other forms of distracted driving be primary offenses in Nebraska prior to considering an increase in the speed limit.