Posted on March 1, 2018 · Posted in General

LB 1009, a bill that would (in part) raise the speed limit on state highways from 60mph to 65mph has been voted out of committee and will be taken up soon by the full Nebraska legislature.

Please contact your state senator now and ask them to oppose LB 1009. Raising the speed limit on state highways will make these roads less safe for all users. Find your senator’s contact info here

If you enjoy participating in bicycling events like BRAN or Tour de Nebraska, this bill impacts your safety.

This bill disproportionately impacts the residents of small town Nebraska, as state highways often function as main street: car and truck traffic will be flying into city limits from the open road at an even higher speed under LB 1009, putting residents walking and biking at a higher risk of crashes.

Additionally, the increased risk of crashes resulting in injury and death with higher speed limits negates the work of a large stakeholder group that developed the state’s Nebraska Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The goals of the plan are outlined in the Towards Zero Deaths document produced in 2017.

The bill and related information can be found on the Unicam website here.

Our initial blog post (LB 1009: Speeding Towards Bad Policy) that provides a detailed description of the bill and our position on it can be found here.

Relevant articles from the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star:
LJS January 16
OWH January 18
OWH February 28 
OWH Columnist Matthew Hansen (“Let’s Do the Math Before Raising the Speed Limit),  January 22

We will continue post updates on the progress of this bill. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the most updated information.