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Speed Limit Increase’s Impact On New Drivers

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By Bradley Schoreit

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) The speed limit will increase on interstates for the first time in nearly two decades, starting next week.

But with many young drivers on the road, what will this mean for them?

"We stress strongly the importance of attitude. Having the attitude of wanting to be a safe driver, and having the attitude of wanting to be a courteous driver,” explains Ray Conover.

Conover is the owner of Professional Driving School.

After teaching kids for many years how to drive, he thinks the increase will be positive.

"I think it will be a good thing because there are some other states, Utah has some areas where it's already 80 miles per hour. I don't see that this 5 mile per hour increase is going to have much of a negative impact. I think it will have some positive impacts,” he says.

Although Conover thinks it's a good idea, what about the students who are just learning how to drive?

"I think that the speed increase is a good thing. I think it's a step in helping Twin Falls grow as a community and as a city," says Ellie Seeley, student driver.

"With the little experience I do have with driving, for me to hear the word ‘eighty’ as a speed limit is kind of terrifying. But I really don't think that a five mile per hour speed change really makes a difference. So for me I'm all for it," adds Destiny Whinn, another student driver.

"I am for it. I think that eighty is very fast, but I think that once you get at that speed it's not that big of a deal. For experienced drivers, it will be a little bit easier,” says student Kelsey Turner.

This will be the first statewide speed limit increase since 1996.

The speed limit changes will affect Interstates 15, 84, and 86.

Again, the changes will start next Tuesday, on the first of July.

The increased speed limit was approved by the Idaho legislature during the 2014 session.

There will be no changes to the 65 mile per hour speed limit on Interstate 90 that runs through northern Idaho at this time.


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