Interesting Texas Traffic Stories for July, 2018

Check out some of the interesting news stories and developments affecting Texas drivers from the past month.

Free 5-minute precaution could protect your car from thieves — and cut your insurance premium (Dallas News)

A five-minute stop on your lunch break could spare you the emotional and financial burden of having your car stolen and sold for parts.

To combat the inevitable summer spike in auto thefts, law enforcement is encouraging North Texas drivers to etch their vehicle identification numbers, or VINs, into their windows.

While the job can cost upward of $700 at some car dealerships, etchings are offered for free once or twice a month as part of a program sponsored by the North Texas Auto Theft Task Force, Dallas County Sheriff's Department and AAA Texas. [Read more…]

How Texas can chip away at its growing traffic problem (Dallas News)

… With nearly 3,000 new residents added to the Texas population every day, the stress to our roads and highway system is becoming obvious to even the casual traveler. More than 500 million vehicle miles are traveled every day on Texas highways and roads, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Within the next two decades TxDOT projects that figure will mushroom to 800 million vehicle miles per day. [Read more…]

WalletHub: Texas No. 10 best state for teen drivers (Cleburne Times-Review)

Driving for the first time as a teenager can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be with the right advice and tips.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, recently listed the best and worst states for teens to drive in, with Texas coming in at the No. 10 best state.

To help parents ensure their teens’ safety while also safeguarding their finances, WalletHub analyzed the teen-driving environment in the 50 states across three key dimensions: safety, economic environment and driving laws. []

Drive from Fort Worth to Mansfield via U.S. 287? A massive highway rebuild is coming (Star Telegram)

If you drive along the freeways through southeast Fort Worth during the morning or evening rush hour, it isn't unusual to face gridlock.

The headaches aren't helped by the continuous changing of lanes drivers must navigate when driving from downtown Fort Worth to Mansfield.

On that route, drivers must merge from U.S. 287 into the left-hand lanes of Interstate 820, then merge back into the right-hand lanes of Interstate 20 to keep traveling south on U.S. 287. [Read more…]

A traffic violation could mean a call from ICE for some in Texas (NBC News)

Highway patrol officers in Texas have been turning over to federal immigration authorities the names of hundreds of people stopped on certain traffic violations, a newspaper reported.

Details of the lists that Texas’ Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been sharing for two years were revealed during court proceedings on an immigration case of a San Antonio man, Gaspar Rodriguez Garcia. Garcia was pulled over by a DPS officer for failing to come to a complete stop at an intersection… [Read more…]

TxDOT plan would improve safety and traffic, cost 16 residences and 1 active business (Tyler Morning Telegraph)

The Texas Department of Transportation said Tuesday that its plan to modify Farm-to-Market Road 16 in Lindale will alleviate current and potential traffic problems but result in the destruction of 16 homes and one active business.

The department has been gathering public opinion since 2015 and making changes based on residents’ input. More than 170 people attended the final public meeting Tuesday night. Three people spoke publicly and the Department of Transportation set out comment boxes for written input. [Read more…]

Eco-friendly Texas drivers eligible for state rebate (KXAN)

Drivers in Texas could cash in on a state program relaunched this year.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has reinstated its rebate program that rewards eco-friendly drivers.

Drivers whose vehicles operate on liquefied petroleum gas or compressed natural gas are eligible for $5,000 per car. Plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles, and those that run on hydrogen fuel cells could earn $2,500. Those drivers are also eligible to participate in a federally-funded program that awards up to $7,500 based on household income. [Read more…]

Drive Clean Texas asks drivers to make clean air a point of state pride (Corsicana Daily Sun)

“As Texans, we take tremendous pride in our state — its history, unique cultures and wide open spaces,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “Some might say we live and breathe Texas. Drive Clean Texas is asking drivers to protect the air we value so much by doing their part to reduce the harmful vehicle emissions that are released into our beautiful Texas skies.”

While ozone pollution decreased statewide by 29 percent from 2000 to 2014, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, summertime ozone levels remain a concern with vehicle emissions making up half of all air pollution in some areas of the state. [Read more…]

Using national data from 2016, analysis by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found a 14 percent increase in fatalities during this period compared to the rest of the year. [Read more…]

Drunk Driving: A Humanistic Profile of Lost Lives in Texas (Irving Weekly)

Every day a grandmother, educator, community leader, mother, father, child, business owner, and dozens of others are killed accidents due to a drunk driver.

Each year, throughout Texas, there are thousands of car accidents involving a driver under the influence of alcohol. Although hundreds of motorists walk away from an accident without any injuries, there are more that end up losing their lives.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2016, there were 258 accidents involving a drunk driver, and out of that total, there were 11 fatal crashes with 14 fatalities in Irving, Texas. [Read more…]

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