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Interesting Texas Traffic Stories for May, 2018



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

Toll Roads Face Tax, Increased Traffic Challenges Across Texas (NBCDFW.com)

“The Houston Chronicle reports for years, state officials relied on tolls to tackle some of Texas' biggest traffic messes as a way to build without adding taxes. Since 2016, however, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have taken hard-line stances against the mixing of Texas Department of Transportation money and toll revenues.” [Read more…]

Texas hopes texturized pavement will help alert highway drivers (Texarkana Gazette)

"’We are looking at installing texturized pavement methods to center line areas of these highways to help prevent crossover crashes and along the shoulders to prevent run-off-the-road crashes,’ said Rebecca Wells, director of Traffic Operations for TxDOT in Atlanta. ‘The texturized pavement methods make noise when vehicle tires run over them, alerting drivers that they are getting out of their traffic lane.’” [Read more…]

Texas is making billions from oil and gas drilling, but counties say rural roads are being destroyed (The Texas Tribune)

“This is not a new problem for Texas, where oil and gas drilling has been a pillar of the economy for generations. And DeWitt County isn’t the only affected area. During the 2013 drilling boom, county officials along the U.S.-Mexico border raised concerns about residents having to navigate yawning potholes, cracked asphalt and splintering shoulders.” [Read more…]

Deadly hit-and-run crashes on the rise in Texas, say experts (News4SA.com)

“Texas ranks 8th in the country when it comes to hit-and-run accidents resulting in death, according to new research.” [Read more…]

Why Texas drivers could see a decrease in their car insurance bill (Dallas News)

"’The company's financial strength is allowing us to pass along rate savings to our Texas customers,’ State Farm senior vice president Phillip Hawkins said in a statement.” [Read more…]

Texas drivers ranked No. 4 most aggressive in U.S. (My San Antonio)

“The data was compiled using data from GasBuddy’s Trips feature, which gives drivers an assessment of their driving habits. The company said it examined tens of millions of trips since Dec. 12, 2017.” [Read more…]

Get ready for 'the most expensive driving season' in years (Cleburne Times Review)

“Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $2.72 while drivers in Sherman and Denison are paying the least at $2.37 per gallon, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.” [Read more…]

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