At 80 mph, Texas' speed limit is already one of the highest in the nation, but the Texas House of Representatives has approved a bill that would raise that limit to 85 on certain roads in rural areas of the state.
Motorists with a heavy foot may appreciate the greater freedom, but not everyone is on board. Some are worried the elevated speed limit may cause more accidents, particularly deadly ones, on the state's roadways.
But Sheriff Mikel Strickland in Ward County, Texas, said a new law wasn't likely to have much effect in little populated areas. "We're really rural, so a lot of 'em are already driving 85 anyway," he said in a phone interview today. "80 is already pretty fast. I don't see much more impact."
Strickland, however, said he is somewhat concerned that drivers may push their speeds past 85 mph. "If they raise it to 85, they're gonna drive 90," he said.
In some areas of Utah, the speed limit is a swift 80 mph as well.