Drivers can only drive 55 near Houston

| 12/14/2001

The Texas Transportation Commission voted Thursday to adopt a maximum speed limit of 55 mph throughout the eight-county Houston metropolitan area. The so-called environmental speed limit is intended to reduce concentrations of ground-level ozone in the air. The pollutant is a chief cause of smog.

The 55-mph limit will apply to Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Galveston, Brazoria, Liberty, Chambers and Waller counties. It is one of several controversial measures scheduled for adoption in Houston as part of the state's plan for meeting federal air quality standards by a 2007 deadline.

The new speed limit will take effect as soon as signs are changed. The new signs are scheduled to start popping up in late January and must be finished by May 1.