Nevada gubernatorial candidate suggests filling state coffers by letting drivers pay to speedBy AP
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Nevada candidate touts speedy fix to budget crisis
CARSON CITY, Nev. — One Nevada gubernatorial hopeful sees a speedy fix to Nevada’s budget crisis.
Nonpartisan candidate Eugene “Gino” DiSimone believes people would pay for the privilege to drive up to 90 mph on designated highways — and fill the state’s depleted coffers.
DiSimone calls his idea the “free limit plan.” He estimates the plan would bring in $1 billion a year.
First, vehicles would have to pass a safety inspection. Then vehicle information would be loaded into a database, and motorists would purchase a transponder.
After setting up an account, anyone in a hurry could dial in, and for $25 charged to a credit card, be free to speed for 24 hours.
The Nevada Highway Patrol isn’t keen on the idea, saying it would lead to increased injuries and traffic deaths.