New Mexico speed limits increased on two roads

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation is increasing speed limits on two state roads after speed studies suggested they were set too low, according to the Colorado Motor Carriers Association.

The limit on U.S. 70 west of Roswell has been increased from 65 mph to 70 mph for a 23-mile stretch of the road. Also, on U.S. 82 west of Artesia, the limit was raised from 55 mph to 65 mph for a stretch that runs 31 miles.

According to NMDOT, their speed studies show that increased speed will better meet the current traffic conditions and promote uniformity among speeds along these given highway sections. The benefit of a uniform speed is that vehicle collisions are less likely to occur if drivers are traveling at about the same speed.