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Interesting Texas Traffic Stories for August, 2018

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

Technology can help beat traffic tie ups in North Texas (Star-Telegram)

Though it may not seem like it when you’re running late for work, traffic on Fort Worth-area roadways has slightly improved in recent years. A series of innovative public-private partnerships that will deploy new technologies to further ease congestion could make those morning commutes even faster — while positioning Fort Worth and the Dallas metro area as a model for how cities across the country can overcome their own traffic challenges.

According to a recent study, Dallas-Fort Worth had the nation’s 10th worst traffic in 2017 — an improvement on its seventh-place ranking in 2016 but still among the 25 cities in the world with the most congestion. And Mayor Betsy Price has already acknowledged that simply continuing to rely on the same outdated modes of transportation will no longer be sufficient to take on surging congestion. [Read more…]

Overpasses, exit ramps considered to help traffic flow on South Broadway Avenue in Tyler (Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Overpasses and exit ramps could be in the future for South Broadway Avenue, one of the most congested roadways in Texas and one of the biggest headaches for Tyler area commuters.

The Texas Department of Transportation, the city of Tyler and the Tyler Area Metropolitan Planning Organization held an open house on Tuesday and showed hundreds of members of the public possible changes to the heavily traveled corridor. [Read more…]

Traffic flow, safety are priorities in TxDOT plan to widen Texas Highway 31 between Tyler and Kilgore (Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Traffic capacity and safety are leading factors in the Texas Department of Transportation’s proposed project to widen Texas Highway 31 between Tyler and Kilgore, officials said.

The Texas Department of Transportation is developing preliminary plans that would affect the road from Loop 323 in Tyler east to Farm-to-Market Road 1639 in Kilgore.

As a primary corridor, the road is heavily traveled. Between 7,500 and 12,200 vehicles traveled along Highway 31, depending on the portion of the road, according to traffic estimates from a 2015 study. Jeffrey Harmon, TxDOT's director of transportation planning and development, said that number is only expected to climb over the next 20 years. [Read more…]

These Texas drivers were handed the most outrageous speeding tickets, data show (Star-Telegram)

Texans have a need for speed — on the highway, at least.

Tens of thousands of Texans were caught driving faster than the speed limit in 2016, as they are every year.

But more than 1,200 of them were stopped for driving 110 mph or faster, according to a Star-Telegram review of 3.8 million traffic citations and warnings from the most recent data from the Texas Department of Public Safety. [Read more…]

Texas Roads Are Mighty Friendly... to Speeders, a New Report Shows (San Antonio Current)

As hard as it may be to believe if you've been radar-gunned in Olmos Park or Castle Hills, Texas is the most lenient state when it comes to dealing with speeders and reckless drivers, according to new research.

Personal-finance website WalletHub ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 12 factors, ranging from what speeds are automatically considered reckless driving to how many tickets it takes to get your license yanked. Texas ranked at the absolute bottom in speeding enforcement and near the bottom for penalties imposed on reckless drivers. [Read more…]

Can you pass a practice Texas driver's education test? (WFAA 8)

North Texas isn't Los Angeles, but with thousands more drivers packing onto the area's highways, traffic can be a downright mess.

And bad drivers only exacerbate the issues. So that got us thinking: Do most North Texans know the rules of the road?

Find out if you just might be part of the problem by taking a practice driver's ed test below. [Read more…]

Texans: Don’t get caught speeding in these counties (Star-Telegram)

Texans: You might want to slow down a little on the roads.

Last year, more than 1.2 million speeding tickets or warnings were issued to drivers across the Lone Star State — where speed limits often reach 75 mph, even 85 mph in some places — by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, state records show.

The most tickets were issued in Hidalgo and Cameron counties, in South Texas, and near Houston, in Brazoria, Harris and Montgomery counties, a Star-Telegram analysis of Texas Department of Public Safety data from 2017 shows. [Read more…]

Texas among strictest in reckless driving cases (Athens Daily Review)

Henderson County peace officers respond to traffic offenses every day, ranging from a simple speeding offense to a vehicular homicide.

WalletHub has analyzed penalties for speeding and reckless driving in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data set ranges from what speeds are automatically considered reckless driving to how many speeding tickets it takes to receive an automatic license suspension.

Texas ranked 26th in the average cost of insurance after one speeding ticket. With one being the toughest and 50th the most lenient, Texas ranked 10th in the minimum jail time for a first reckless driver offense and 13th in the minimum jail time for a second offense. [Read more…]

Texas Cities Among Best To Drive In, WalletHub Says (KTSA)

Texas isn’t a bad place to own a car.

In fact, of the 100 largest U.S. cities ranked by WalletHub, every Texas city was among the top half.

The best city in the state for drivers was Corpus Christi, ranking second-best overall. It got high marks for low cost of ownership and maintenance, safety, and was ranked #1 for traffic and infrastructure. [Read more…]

Texas DPS Announces Plan to Reduce Overcrowding at Driver License Offices (NBC DFW)

Summer is the busiest time of the year for the Texas DPS driver license offices. Locations in Conroe, Denton, Houston-Dacoma, Plano, Rockwall and Temple pose safety concerns in the summertime because there is frequently a line out the door, leaving people to wait in the heat.

To ensure people stay cool, Texas DPS driver license offices are providing only mandatory in-office transactions until August 31, 2018 at those six locations. [Read more…]

Some lawmakers want to get rid of Texas Driver Responsibility Program (FOX 4 News)

A program that was supposed to make Texas roads safer and raise money for trauma care by putting fines on drivers convicted of some traffic violations is being called a wreck.

Some lawmakers are vowing to get the Texas Driver Responsibility Program off the road. Forty states and D.C. have something similar to the driver responsibility law, but Michigan has just repealed its measure.

The Texas GOP has made repealing the Texas law part of its state party platform. They call it failed public policy. [Read more…]

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