The Wyoming House of Representatives is considering legislation that would allow drivers to legally travel a little faster on interstate highways. Gillette Republican Tom Lubnau is pushing a bill that would allow state highway officials to increase the speed limit on interstates to 80 miles an hour and says this is currently allowed in some other states.
He cited a Utah study during floor debate on Friday.
The number of fatalities on Wyoming’s highways is down six percent compared to this time last year.
So far, 127 people have died in accidents in Wyoming this year, with four deaths occurring around the Thanksgiving holiday. Wyoming Highway Patrol Lieutenant Troy McLees says those numbers should be even lower, but also thinks winter driving habits in the state are beginning to improve. McLees attributes the decrease in fatalities this year in part to new signs posted along Interstate 80.