Recently, a local task force was formed in response to a 2017 article in the Houston Chronicle which found that Houston is home to the nation's most dangerous roads. According to the article, more than 600 motorists, passengers, and pedestrians are killed every year in traffic collisions. The majority of these fatal accidents involved driver inattention, driving while intoxicated, and speeding. The Chronicle's investigation found that a lack of a comprehensive strategy to address the issue may be partly to blame. In response, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez called for the formation of a regional task force to better patrol roads. The task force was designed to crack down on traffic violations and unsafe driving practices, with the goal of promoting safe driving and reducing the number of serious motor vehicle accidents that occur on Houston area roads each year.
A late night rollover on Eastex Freeway took the life of four young Texans and critically injured another. The driver of the blue Ford pickup truck hit a curb and sent the truck rolling, causing the fatal accident.
Although Texas authorities have yet to complete an investigation into the tragic pile-up that claimed the lives of a Houston couple on Thanksgiving Day, inside perspective from truck drivers suggests that high speeds played a role. Despite the dense "pea soup" fog, eyewitnesses said that traffic was still moving around 70 mph.
Texas could be the first state to have a posted speed limit of 85 miles per hour. But what impact would having the highest posted speed limit in the nation have on traffic safety and auto accidents? Legislators think it would actually make the roadway safer.
That common attitude in the title of this post is one of the reasons that, despite years of efforts by law enforcement authorities, state and federal agencies and advocacy groups, speed-related accidents have continued to grow.
Each day, across the nation, many people deal with the pain of losing someone they love in a fatal car accident. In Texas, growing cities like Laredo are seeing accidents occur more frequently and with more serious injuries. Texas police are hoping that appealing to residents will help change those statistics.
A 48-year-old toll road worker died last week after being hit by a car on the Sam Houston Tollway near Antoine.