It has become obvious to me that most drivers on I-15 between Ogden and Provo do not believe in the speed limits as posted, or at least they don't care to obey them. If the speed limit is posted at 65 mph, everyone around me seems to be doing 75 mph or higher. That is until they see a Highway Patrolman ahead with someone pulled over, then all of a sudden they start slowing down until they get passed the flashing lights. Then again it is pedal to the metal.
I rarely try to use the HOV lane, because it is insane. There seems to be an unwritten law that the lane is for high velocity instead of high occupancy. I have tried driving in the HOV lane several times, but I end up having to drive at 75 mph or higher to avoid a back up of many vehicles behind me. Also, the double white lines are meaningless to many of those people. They just go out around me if I am not going fast enough.
People tell me that it is safer to go with the flow and not be an obstacle on the highway. I believe that is true, however, the flow should never exceed the speed limits as posted.
Perhaps the posting the speed limits should be abolished, if the UHP can't do a better job at controlling the speed on our highways. The Autobahn in Germany is an example of this idea. The limits are not posted but do exist, they just aren't imposed unless someone causes an accident.
I have always understood that most people in Utah believe in sustaining the law. But, you certainly couldn't prove it to me out on the highway!