If any U.S. state secedes from the nation, it’s likely to be Texas. That’s OK with me since my wife was born there, which kind of gives us diplomatic immunity and automatic citizenship. Besides, I’m a firearms instructor, so I can claim that I’ve got a necessary and valuable skill, which is critical anytime you’re asking for political asylum. In the mean time, Texas is about to give those of us who like to drive one more reason to call the Lone Star State home: legislation is in the works that will raise the 70 mile per hour speed limit to 75. Better yet, it will do away with the “nighttime only” speed limit of 65 miles per hour currently in place (Texas is the only remaining state to have a different daytime and nighttime speed limit).
Why the rare display of sanity when it comes to setting speed limits? After five years of data gathering, Texas has concluded that high speed roads are safe, but roads that have significant disparity of speeds are not. In fact, high-speed roads in Texas have some of the best safety records; coupled with a statewide decline in the number of accidents, that was enough to prompt the adjustment of speed limits upward. The measure still has to pass a House and Senate vote, but will go into effect in September if passed.
Source: The Truth About Cars