Politics

Nevada Candidate Pushes Pay-to-Speed Program to Solve Budget Crisis

Aug. 31, 2010: Eugene "Gino" DiSimone, a nonpartisan Nevada gubernatorial candidate, stands along U.S. 395 south of Carson City, Nev. DiSimone, one of seven candidates for governor on the Nov. 2 general election ballot, estimates the Silver State could rake in $1 billion a year or more with his speeding plan.

Aug. 31, 2010: Eugene "Gino" DiSimone, a nonpartisan Nevada gubernatorial candidate, stands along U.S. 395 south of Carson City, Nev. DiSimone, one of seven candidates for governor on the Nov. 2 general election ballot, estimates the Silver State could rake in $1 billion a year or more with his speeding plan.  (AP)

CARSON CITY, Nevada -- One Nevada gubernatorial hopeful sees a speedy fix to Nevada's budget crisis.

Nonpartisan candidate "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.