proposal in the Texas Legislature to increase fines for drivers
nabbed for cruising 25 mph or more above the speed limit has died.
measure, which passed the Senate in March, was still in the House
Transportation Committee when the Legislature adjourned earlier
SB660, people going 25 mph over the limit could be hit with a fine
ranging from $200 to $500. The fine for speeding by that much now
is capped at $200.
leads the nation in traffic fatalities, and 38 percent of those
deaths are the result of excessive speeding, bill sponsor Sen. Steve
Ogden, R-College Station, recently told KTRK television.
said statistics showed a greater chance of accident and injury in
cases where people were going 25 mph more than the speed limit.
the proposal, a municipality or county would have been required
to send $200 for every fine collected for speeding that much to
the state for a Texas Department of Transportation safety program.