County opposes speed increase |

County opposes speed increase

Lorna McDaniel

County officials said they oppose the increase of the speed 55 mph speed to 65 mph on Highway 395 south of Gardnerville to Topaz Lake.

The discussion came after Bob Gable, chief of the Topaz Lake volunteer fire department, told the County Commission Thursday he opposed the speed increase due to the 15 fatal accidents the department has responded to since 1990 on that stretch of highway.

He predicted more serious accidents if the increase is made.

“We can quit calling the paramedics and just start calling the coroner,” he said.

Douglas County Sheriff Jerry Maple said the Nevada Highway Patrol also opposed the increase. He said that because the proposal was not from the county, a letter to the Nevada Department of Transportation would be appropriate.

NDOT has been monitoring the highway to determine what speed those who use the road deem to be safe, according to Ed Wilson of the department.

Commissioner Bernie Curtis was vehement about the speed increase and asked the sheriff to draft a resolution against the speed increase.