TEXAS TRAFFIC LAWS

 



Speed Limits
In Texas, the maximum speed limit for cars and light trucks (pickups, panels, vans, etc.) is 70 miles per hour (mph) daytime, 65 mph nighttime on all numbered highways in rural areas. Lower speed limits are posted on many Texas Highways to account for their individual operating characteristics.  Speed limits on urban freeways typically range from 55 mph to 70 mph.  Certain rural areas may qualify for a 75 MPH speed limit, this must be posted to be valid.


Motor vehicle operators must maintain current liability insurance and be able to show proof if requested by law enforcement.


All persons, regardless of age, sitting on the front seat of a vehicle, including one ton trucks, are required to wear a seatbelt.  Car seats are required for children who are under age five or who are less than 36 inches in height.  Anyone under the age of 17 must wear a seatbelt, no matter where they sit in the vehicle.


It is illegal, with certain exceptions such as parades or emergencies, to operate an open-bed pickup truck, or an open flatbed truck or an open flatbed trailer when children under the age of 18 are occupying the bed of the truck or trailer, regardless of the vehicle's speed.


Open containers of alcohol are not permitted in the passenger area of a motor vehicle.


Motorcycle operators and passengers must wear protective headgear that meets adopted standards.  Exemptions for persons over age 21 with certain health insurance and training requirements.





Texas Department of Public Safety






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