Now here is an interesting concept that one Nonpartisan Nevada gubernatorial candidate has proposed. Eugene “Gino” DiSimone (wonder if he’s Italian) has proposed a plan that would allow drivers to pay $25 for the privilege of speeding down Nevada’s highways. Interesting idea, no? Right now the national speed limit is 55 mph, a number that to be honest is ungodly slow for today’s roads and current crop of automobiles. It was mandated back in 1973 during the countries first fuel crises and has been stuck in place ever since. Gino’s plan however raises a good question – if you could pay a premium to speed in designated areas on America’s public roads, would you?
Just sit back and think about this for a moment. As mentioned the national public speed limit is set at 55 mph. Some states like Nevada have their limit set at 70 mph which makes sense since only 7 people live in that state. But what if you could cruise down the majority of America’s highways at 100 mph or even 120 mph… would you pay to do so? If you’ve ever driven across this great nation of ours you’ve no doubt notice that between New York and LA there isn’t a whole bunch going on. Sure it’s beautiful, but aside from the scenery what you are greeted to are thousands and thousands of miles of open super-slab. These roads are more than capable of sustaining automobiles cruising at speeds of 100 mph or more.
Obviously there would be some safety concerns here because as we all know, people have a tenancy to get out of hand. If speeds could be monitored however by way of transponders as our friend Gino DiSimone proposes, it may not be such a bad idea. Participating states would see big gains in revenue, people would be getting to their destinations faster and as a whole, America’s highways would be more fun to cruise on. I for one am digging this proposal, but how about you guys? Think it would work… let us know.