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Will higher Utah speed limits reduce crashes or make them more severe?

February 16, 2015 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD

Research in Utah suggests that higher speed limits reduce accidents, but other research indicates speed can raise accident likelihood and crash severity. The way that higher speed limits affect traffic safety is an ongoing topic of debate among lawmakers and safety experts. Proponents of higher speeds hold that they reduce speeding and ensure that all drivers travel at similar rates, while advocates of slower speeds argue that high-speed crashes are more severe and difficult to avoid. The question of how speed impacts safety has become especially important for drivers in Provo, as Utah lawmakers have recently increased more state speed limits. Recent changes and research According to Fox News, Utah has already increased or announced plans to increase speed limits to 70 miles per hour on stretches of I-15, I-80 and I-215. Last year, the state raised speed limits on some roads as high as 80 miles per hour. Many of the increases are based on a 2013 study from the Utah Department

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