SENATE BILL 240 was sponsored by Senator Shirley Breeden, introduced by Zane Marshall, co-sponsored by 8 additional Senators, 2 Assembly Members, approved unanimously by both the house and the senate, and signed by the governor.
BRIEF BACKGROUND In 1995, the speed limit in Red Rock Canyon was raised from 45 to 60 miles per hour, making it the fastest scenic byway in the country and more than doubling the injury and death rate* for the following and subsequent years. Further development closed in on both ends of Red Rock Canyon, compounding the problem. Since then, Save Red Rock and the concerned public has been working with elected officials and government agencies on multiple levels to try to improve the situation. A difficult, but relentless campaign, saveredrock.com details this multi-faceted, continuing approach to increased safety in our national conservation area. In this successfull instance, state lawmakers and the Nevada Department of Transportation created a new state law providing a 50 mph speed limit more condusive to the scenic byway’s unique conditions, and satisfying the number one public request* to lower it from 60. Thank you State of Nevada and Nevada Department of Transportation and to all the supporters of Save Red Rock who fought to make this scenic byway safer.