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Got A Lead Foot? Welcome To Texas.

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Texas was recently ranked the most lenient state when it comes to speeding and reckless driving, according to WalletHub. That is, Texas drivers are the least likely to get pulled over for speeding and other forms of reckless driving.

For people who like to drive fast and recklessly, this is good news.

But for the vast majority of drivers and passengers - those who wish to avoid accidents and stay safe while driving - this is concerning.

Speeding is not a safe driving practice. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding played a part in 27 percent of fatal car accidents in 2016.

Reckless driving is generally defined as driving in a manner that disregards the safety of others, including passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, etc.

The states ranked the toughest on speeding were Delaware, Colorado, and Arizona. Following Texas as the least strict were Mississippi, Oklahoma, and New Jersey.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, troopers write the most speeding tickets in the counties of Hidalgo, Cameron, and Harris. In 2016, troopers issued 317,443 speeding tickets throughout the state. While this may seem like a lot, WalletHub's ranking of Texas indicates that Texas isn't as strict as other states when it comes to speeding.

What can Texans do to stay safe in a speed-happy environment? First, it is important for every motorist to avoid excessive speeding and drive in a safe, responsible manner. Next, drivers should practice defensive driving techniques which can help avoid potential collisions. Road safety affects us all.

Free consultation: The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz represents victims of car accidents in Texas. Contact us online to learn more.

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