Texas House bill may lower speed limit
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Last Update: 4/21 6:26 pm
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Proposed law seeks to lower speed limits H.B. 2682 (36.3KB)
Most neighborhood streets have a speed limit of 30 to 35 miles an hour, but House Bill 2682 would allow cities to cut the current speed limits to as slow as 25 miles an hour. (News 4 WOAI)
SAN ANTONIO -- Seeing someone ignore the speed limit and fly through neighborhoods in their car is frustrating and it could be dangerous. But a new bill that entered the Texas House on Tuesday may slow down drivers.
Most neighborhood streets have a speed limit of 30 to 35 miles an hour, but House Bill 2682 would allow cities to cut the current speed limits to as slow as 25 miles an hour.
Speeding seems to be a chronic problem in some areas of San Antonio, but the question is what to do. Current law allows slower speed limits to be set on streets up to 35 feet wide, where parking is allowed. But some drivers still go too fast.
So News 4 WOAI decided to go to Woodlawn on the West Side and pull out the radar gun. Woodlawn, which is a busy street, goes through a neighborhood with a 35-mph speed limit.
Most drivers drove the speed limit or below it, but News 4 WOAI caught others going faster than the the speed limit.
The new bill would change that because the bill would allow cities to make the speed limit as slow as 25 miles per hour. The bill could effect any street that's not part of the state highway system.
The proposed law was written by Representative Carol Alvarado out of Houston. But State Senator Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio has written a companion bill on the senate side that has already been referred to committee.