- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The speed limit on county roads that have none posted will be 55 mph if a bill that passed the New Mexico Senate also gets the nod from the House of Representatives.

Motorists will no longer be able to legally drive the state’s maximum default speed limit of 75 mph when no sign is posted on county roads if Sen. Pat Woods’ bill becomes law.

The Broadview Republican says that 75 mph “just doesn’t make sense for many local, narrow, dirt roads that are not designed or built for the higher speeds that are safe on highways or interstates.”

The Senate voted 31 to 9 Wednesday to send the bill to the House.

If approved, the change would take effect on New Year’s Day.

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