In the first few weeks after Idaho bumped up speed limits
on stretches of interstates 15, 84 and 86—the result of a 2014 Idaho Legislature vote to increase limits from 75 mph to 80 mph—most indications were that there wasn't significant change. But four months later, a very different picture has emerged.
This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports
that Idaho State Police have written more than 300 more speeding tickets on stretches of I-84 with increased speed limits when compared to last year. Between late July and mid-November, ISP handed out 2,066 tickets. Compare that to 1,731 for the same period in 2013.
And AAA Idaho, which challenged the increase, said they're keeping a close eye on those statistics.
"Essentially, what you're doing with the higher limits is asking motorists to get on and off (the highways) more quickly," AAA Idaho spokesman David Carlson told the Times-News
, indicating that increased speed limits could trigger more crashes involving cars getting on and off the highways.
Meanwhile, this morning's Missoulian reports
that separate bills are already being drafted for the 2015 session of the Montana Legislature that would raise daytime speed limits on some stretches of Montana interstates to 80 mph.