Big Sky Country could soon be the land of high-speed driving.
Four Montana lawmakers have proposed raising the state’s maximum speed limit from 75 mph to 80 or 85 mph and are working on bills to introduce during next year’s legislative session, the Missoulian reports.
State Senator Scott Sales of Bozeman, who favors an 85 mph limit, told the newspaper he’s been working across the state in the Bakken oil fields near the North Dakota border and that the higher limit would shave an hour off his 400-plus mile trip.
State Representative Mike Miller adds that neighboring states with similarly wide open stretches of road have increased their limits to 80 mph with apparent success.
“Utah, Wyoming and Idaho have all done it. Nevada is looking at it, too. I didn’t see any problems in the other states,” Miller said.
Texas currently boasts the nation’s highest speed limit of 85 mph on a stretch of State Highway 130 between San Antonio and Austin.
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