Montana Considering 85-MPH Speed Limit

Montana Considering 85-MPH Speed Limit

Montana could be the next state with an 85-MPH speed limit on certain sections of its highways.

According to a recent report, four legislators are drafting separate bills for next year in hopes of raising the daytime speed limit on Montana interstate highways from 75 to 80 MPH, and in one case, 85 MPH. All four legislators, Sens. Scott Sales, R-Bozeman, and Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, and Rep. Ken Miller, R-Helmville and Rep.-elect Art Wittich, R-Bozeman, cited neighboring states that have raised their speed limits to 80 MPH as a reason for proposing the same.

SEE ALSO: Nevada Might be Next With 85 MPH Speed Limit

Currently, Texas is the only state with an 85-MPH speed limit on a 41-mile stretch of toll road between Austin and San Antonio and officials in Montana are torn whether increasing the speed limit proposes more risk and danger to the roadways. Others are optimistic that raising the speed limit will not only be safe, but embraced by its residents.

[Source: The Montana Standard]

  • craigcole

    YES PLEASE! Cars are safer and more efficient than ever, raising speed limits is NOT a bad thing, though many of the safety-obsessed among us will undoubtedly crow about this if it goes through.

  • seenmuch

    Bill being discussed was edited to lower the maximum from 85 to 80 mph with fines for speeding doubled added.

    AS edited it was passed and signed by the Gov. taking effect October 1, 2015. The new law allow MT DOT to raise the posted maximum from 75 to 80 mph where they deem it can be done safely.

    Expect to start seeing the 80 mph limit soon go up across the state after the beginning of October, The law was written as a compromise to only allow the increase this year after the end of the summer 2015 driving season,,,,,,,