House panel endorses 80 mph speed limit bill

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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The state House Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee has advanced a bill that would allow 80 mph speed limits in Wyoming.

The panel approved the bill on a 7-2 vote Tuesday despite law enforcement concerns that an 80 mph limit could make the roads more dangerous.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the bill now goes to the full House for debate.

The proposal requires the Wyoming Department of Transportation to study what sections of the highway system could handle the increased speed limit safely.

Col. John Butler, who heads the Wyoming Highway Patrol, expressed concern for the safety of his troopers who are on the highways for traffic stops, crashes or other emergencies when the speeds are increased.

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