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Should the speed limit be increased on highways?

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Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - If you like putting the pedal to the medal, you could soon be in luck. Texas lawmakers are trying to increase the speed limit on state highways. 

If it passes, highways outside city limits could get bumped up from 70 to 75 miles an hour. But that's only half of it....the bill also eliminates lower speed limits at night... Something every other state in America has already done.

The Representative introducing the bill says he's not trying to make our highways a dangerous free for all, but slightly higher speed limits are what Texans want.

Rep. Gary Elkins says, "we've been down that road where there was an energy crisis in the 70's and we lowered the speed limit to 55, the public hated it. The public went out and bought cb radios.

The public did everything they could to drive 70 and 75." 

If this passes, 15,000 speed limit signs across the state would have to be changed.

Because they're so expensive, the new signs would be phased in over the next few years, but the new speed limit would become law September first.