Speed Limit in New Mexico increases to 75 mph

Speed Limit in New Mexico increases to 75 mph
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 8:41pm

New speed limit signs have been going up as of Monday along Interstate 10 from the state line up to Mesquite.

The change in speed limit comes after the New Mexico Department of Transportation conducted a speed study and determined it would be safe to increase the limit from 70 up to 75mph.

"It doesn't really concern me," said El Paso commuter Salvador Solis. "It's not that bad driving from Anthony all the way to Las Cruces."

The change in speed is also attributed to of the interstate into a three lane freeway in both directions.

"If you go slow you can go on the right lane," Solis said. "If you go quicker you can go on the left."

Throughout the country, speed limits vary depending on traffic and state laws.

"Most of them about 65 that's the average, but some of them are up to 70-75 mph," said Jim Burton, who is travelling from Alaska.

Burton said higher speeds could pose an extra danger on the road.

"Stopping distance will be a lot longer and I think it is a higher potential for accidents," Burton said.

From his experience on the road, Burton said most people tend to speed.

"Almost everywhere we've been if it's posted at 70 they're doing 75 or 80 so it's human nature to go a little faster than what they post," Burton said.

Even with a faster limit, drivers are urged to always obey the law and follow posted speed limits to help keep everyone safe on the road. 

The NMDOT expects most signs to be changed by as soon as Wednesday.


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