(KUTV) SALT LAKE CITY - Four days into the 2007 Utah legislative session, lawmakers are considering action that could increase the speed limit to 80 MPH on some state highways.
On Tuesday, Utah Senate Transportation and Public Utilities and Technology Committee unanimously voted to recommend a bill that updates and improves the way speed limits are determined.
State Senator Scott K. Jenkins (R-Plain City) introduced the legislation, which would give transportation officials the discretion to increase the legal speed on highways where experts say most drivers are already safely traveling at higher speeds.
If the bill is approved, Utah would join Texas, which implemented the nation's top legal speed of 80 MPH last year.
Jenkins' bill also creates a new crime of "careless driving," which happens when a driver commits a traffic violation while on a cell phone, eating, drinking, smoking, looking for something dropped in the car, or grooming oneself. It also outlaws driving slowly in the left lane of a freeway, also known by many as the "fast lane."
The full Senate will now consider the proposal.
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