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Speed limit change going into effect

August 31, 2011

Texas is the last state in the nation to still lower speed limits at sundown, but that will change Thursday as a new law doing away with nighttime limits goes into effect.

House Bill 1353, passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Perry, sets the speed limit at 70 mph for all vehicles, day and night.

In years past, trucks were limited to 65 mph at all times and both cars and trucks were limited to 65 mph at night.

The legislation also allows the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to create a 75-mile per hour speed limit on any state highway found to be reasonable and safe through a speed study.

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