SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is moving closer to making the speed limit 80 miles per on more stretches of highways.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/NDV1U7 ) the Utah Senate voted 23-4 to give initial approval to the measure. It now awaits a vote in the full Senate. If approved, it would move to Gov. Gary Herbert for consideration.
Opposition came from legislators who think the state should make its seat belt laws stronger before raising speed limits.
The measure allows Utah's transportation department to decide what highway sections to increase speed limits.
Utah already has several stretches of highway, mostly in rural areas, where officials raised the speed limit to 80 miles per hour.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com