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Better East Texas: High speeds and wet roads

By Pat Stacey

It seems that hardly a week goes by that we don't see a news story or get an email alert that I-20 has been shut down due to an accident. 

The accidents seem to happen no matter what the weather is but they are certainly more frequent during a rain storm or when the road is wet.  All this just in time for the speed limit signs raising the speed limit on parts of I-20 to 75 miles per hour. 

The State of Texas recently amended the current speed limits on more than 1,500 miles of interstate raising the speed limit to 75.  Of course, most drivers are already going 75 so now, many will feel that 80 miles per hour is an acceptable buffer speed – so watch out.  Add a little water and the situation gets even more dangerous. 

A lot of drivers slow down some when it is raining but it all depends on what the speed limit is so now drivers that used to slow to 65 miles per hour will only slow to 70.  The laws are in place and there is nothing that can be done immediately through the legal system and there probably won't be anything done in the future. 

It just calls for drivers to slow down, stay in the right hand lane and respect other drivers around you.  Raising the speed limit will ultimately raise the accident rate on I-20 and that is something that will not make for a Better East Texas.

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