The following information is updated periodically. However, laws and regulations can change between updates. State statutes and local ordinances are the ultimate authorities for these issues.
Points of Interest
This PDF shows a breakdown of contributing factors to 2008 vehicle crashes in Texas.
Rural Interstates: Cars Day 75, Cars Night 65, Trucks Day 70, Trucks Night 65
Urban Interstates: Cars Day 70, Cars Night 65, Trucks Day 70, Trucks Night 65
Other Limited Access Roads: Cars Day 75, Cars Night 65, Trucks Day 75, Trucks Night 65
These speed limits apply unless a different limit is posted.
Speed limits are presumed. (Driving faster than the speed limit is only evidence of unreasonable speed--you can still argue that your speed was safe under the specific conditions.)
Speed Limits Enforcement Techniques
Enforced through use of:
Automated Speed Enforcement: Yes
Ticket Payment Methods
Consult your ticket or clerk of courts
Trial By Declaration Allowed
Jury Trial Allowed
Member of Nonresident Compact
Member of Driver License Compact
When and Where to File Accident Reports
Accidents involving death, personal injury, or property damage exceeding $500 must be reported immediately to the local authorities and other accidents require a written report within 10 days to Statistical Services, Texas Department of Public Safety, P.O. Box 4087, Austin, TX 78773.
Resident Insurance Requirements
Liability insurance is required (although some states allow posting a cash bond or such as an alternative)
Minimum Coverage Required:
Injury to one person: $25,000
All injuries: $50,000
Property Damage: $25,000
Novice Drivers: All cell phone use, including text-messaging, prohibited for intermediate stage permit holders, first twelve months, using primary enforcement
School Bus Drivers: All cell phone use, including text-messaging, prohibited with passenger age 17 or younger, using primary enforcement
All Drivers: Hand-held cell phone use and text-messaging prohibited in school zones
Telephone: 512/424-2000 (Department Of Public Safety)
Emergency Cellular Phone Number: *DPS or 911
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This page was last updated: August 2010