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Officials at the Utah Department of Transportation want to raise the speed limit on Utah’s urban freeways to 70 miles per hour. 

After a nationwide search Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Carlos Braceras as the new director of the Utah Department of Transportation.

Braceras has worked for UDOT for almost 27 years and until today’s appointment had spent the past 12 as UDOT’s deputy director working directly under former director, John Njord. Braceras says as the new head of UDOT one of his main focuses will be to create better relationships with local communities.

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The speed limit on several sections of Utah’s interstate highways could soon be increased to 80 miles per hour.

From Tuesday to Thursday this week the Utah Highway Patrol is planning to crackdown on a problem that typically goes unnoticed on the I-15 Freeway.

The High Occupancy Vehicle or express lane, can only be used by drivers who have one or more passengers in their car. The lane is bordered by double white lines that are not allowed to be crossed and entrance is only legal at dotted sections. Dwayne Baird is the spokesman for the Utah Department of Public Safety. He says their research has shown a significant number of drivers, simply, ignore the laws.