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Texas Senate Approves Raising Speed Limits To 75MPH

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Trucks pass by a sign indicating the nighttime speed limit in West Texas. (credit: Rick Scibelli/Getty Images)

Trucks pass by a sign indicating the nighttime speed limit in West Texas. (credit: Rick Scibelli/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN (AP) – Texas drivers may soon be going faster.

The state Senate has approved raising highway speed limits to 75 miles per hour in some areas and doing away with slower nighttime limits.

Most non-urban state highways in Texas have limits of 70 miles per and can be as low as 55 at night.

Texas in one of the few states with different limits for urban and rural areas and the only state with lower nighttime speeds.

The bill approved Monday allows the state to do safety studies to determine if boosting speeds will be reasonable in some areas.

The bill also allows trucks to travel at the same speed as cars.

The bill now goes to Governor Rick Perry for his consideration.

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