Friday, April 15, 2011

Speed Limit to Increase on Texas Highways

Have you ever driven on a highway in Texas and wished that you could get to your destination just a little faster without the worry of being stopped by a police officer for speeding? Well, the Texas House voted unanimously today to make that possible for you.

Assuming HB 1353 carries through the Senate with equal ease, which it is expected to do, the speed limit on major state highways would be raised from 70 mph to 75 mph on September 1. The bill also would remove the current requirement for motorists to lower their speed by five miles per hour after dark. Texas is the only state in the country that has a different speed limit after the sun goes down.

Supporters of the measure argue that the increased speed limit has proven safe in several other expansive states and that Texas highways will be made more efficient with the ability to move at a faster pace. Those who oppose the change, though, assert that any increase in speed leads to more of a chance for collisions and that those collisions will be severe. Also, they believe that even the best headlights and street lamps cannot fully compensate for the diminished visibility that comes after dark.

Texas already has an 80 mph speed limit on some rural highways, particularly in the western part of the state, and last week the House approved raising that limit to 85 mph on certain roads that were certified by engineers to handle the speed.

What do you think about the likely change to our speed limit come this fall? Will this improve movement on our highways or lead to more tragic accidents?

If you have found yourself in trouble with the law for your actions behind the wheel of a car, the criminal defense attorneys at Bertolino LLP can help. Please contact our offices in Austin, Houston, or San Antonio today and let's discuss your case.

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