The maximum speed limit in Nevada is now officially 80 mph.
But, at least for now, only on a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 80 between Fernley and Lovelock.
Senate Bill 2 of the 2015 Legislature was sponsored by Sen. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks, to increase the state's speed limits on Nevada's major rural highways.
He argued cars and trucks were much safer at higher speeds than they were in the 1960s when the typical highway speed limit was 65 mph. Gustavson, a retired truck driver, said tires, suspensions and the overall construction of vehicles is dramatically improved over the years.