New traffic law can raise speed limit |

New traffic law can raise speed limit

by Aurora Sain

New Nevada traffic laws went into effect on Thursday, making the roads safer and possibly faster.

One of the laws, Senate Bill 2, would increase the speed limit from 75 to 80 mph on certain patches of Interstate 80. The Nevada Department of Transportation said that they will have to follow federal law and conduct traffic studies to see where it would best fit.

“Basically this bill authorizes NDOT to raise the speed limits where practical and safe to do so,” said Meg Ragonese, public information officer for NDOT.

There is no time frame for when the speed limits could be raised, it is just a matter of going through the process, said Ragonese.

“We are dedicated to safety and mobility,” she said.

Another one of the bills affects drivers involved in hit and run accidents, increasing the severity of the crime and treating them the same as DUI offenders.

If the hit and run causes substantial bodily harm or death, the driver who fled the scene will face 2-20 years in jail, and will no longer be eligible for probation.

New laws also went into effect prohibiting U-turns and lane changing in school zones, aiming to keep pedestrians and students safer.

Showing proof of insurance on a phone or IPAD is now legal, but law enforcement asks that you let them know what you are doing so they can monitor your actions inside of the car.