By Scott Jenkins
Utah State Senator, District 20
I am sponsoring a traffic bill (SB17
) that has two primary elements: increasing the speed limit and discouraging careless driving.
I want to raise the speed limit on Utah’s highways to the speed drivers are already traveling. Studies have shown people drive at a level that is comfortable and reasonable and prudent. In Utah, that seems to be about 70 mph along the Wasatch front and 80 mph along rural highways.
I think we also need to enhance the penalty for distracted drivers. I am being very careful not to restrict talking on cell phones or any other activity; this bill simply makes driving the first priority.
Matt did a story for the Trib, you can find it here
. Julie's KCPW story is here