Washington Bill to Increase Speed Limit Heads to Governor's Desk

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Washington's KING-5 reports the state may soon join Idaho and Utah in the fast lane.

A bill raising the speed limit from 70 miles per hour to 75 miles per hour along some of the Evergreen State's highways cleared the state legislature April 10 and is now headed to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee. 

The bill gives Washington Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson authority "to increase the speed limit in areas that are deemed safe." Interstate 90 was specifically indicated in the bill, but other roads are still under consideration. Heavy transports over 10,000 pounds would still be limited to 60 miles per hour.

If Inslee signs the bill, changes would take effect until 90 days after his signature—around mid-July. 

Idaho remains the West's speed demon, however. The Gem State bumped speed limits along I-84, I-15 and I-86 in June 2014 from 75 mph to 80 mph.

While the change in Idaho was lauded online by many motorists, the change resulted in a sharp increase in the number of speeding citations. In the months following the speed limit increase, police handed out around 300 more speeding tickets than during the same period in previous years. 

Idaho might not be in the head of the pack for long, though, as one of three Montana bills aimed at raising that state's speed limit from 75 mph to 80 mph—SB 375—has cleared the Montana Senate.