Starting today drivers on U.S. highways can continue going 70mph even after dark. According to a new speed limit law, drivers no longer have to slow down to 65mph at night, including semi-trucks.
Many Texomans say this new law is a welcome one.
"We've got where it says you have to drive one speed at night and one in the day, 5 miles isn't going to make much difference really," says James Frost, a Wichita Falls resident.
"I feel like it's a legitimate change. I don't feel like there's going to be any danger with that since most people do drive 70 anyway and that will prevent people like me from getting speeding tickets for going 71 at night, says fan of the speed limit change," Heather Hastings.
Quincy Terrell adds, "I think it might be a little dangerous but I think in the long run it's going to be something that works out better for everyone because we'll be able to save money on gas by traveling at a higher speed."
Dylan Lipe, puts it simply,"I like it. It's a good thing."
Talk of a speed increase on 70mph roads has also been a topic of conversation for many Texomans. When asked about the possibility of some roads increasing from 70mph to 75, TxDOT says an evaluation will need to be completed first by the transportation department to see if the increase would be safe and effective for drivers. If deemed safe upon the completion of the study a 5mph increase could be expected.