Drivers may soon be able to legally drive a bit faster in parts of Eastern Washington.
A bill sponsored by Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, that could raise the speed limit on some rural highways, passed the House 78-19 on Monday.
House Bill 2181 would instruct the state Department of Transportation to look into raising the speed limit to 75 mph from 70 mph on parts of Interstate 90 and, possibly, other highways. The bill says it wants to reduce travel times for people without compromising safety.
The bill has moved to the Senate.