Texas senator’s road safety initiative falls short

| 6/13/2003

A Texas lawmaker’s bid to improve road safety by lowering the speed limit on the state’s narrow two-lane farm-to-market roads with no improved shoulders has failed.

The bill, written by state Sen. Steve Ogden, R-College Station, was still in a Senate panel when the Legislature adjourned earlier this month.

SB662 would have reduced car and truck speeds from 70 mph to 60 mph during the day and 65 mph to 55 mph at night.

Ogden told The Bryan-College Station Eagle he thinks a lower speed limit on such roads, which make up 11 percent of Texas traffic but 16 percent of traffic deaths, would cut fatalities.