Many tractor-trailers on the roads across Texas and the nation exceed tire safety ratings and are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely escaped the attention of highway officials.
Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph. But 14 states, mainly west of...Read more 0
Austin - The House Transportation Committee has voted to send legislation to set a statewide ban on texting while driving to the full House of Representatives for action. House Bill 80 by Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, was sent to the House Calendars Committee to be considered for floor debate. HB 80 joint authors include Reps. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana; Patricia Harless, R-Spring; Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, and Gene Wu, D-Houston. As introduced, HB 80 would make it a misdemeanor - punishable by a fine of not more than $99 for a first offense or $200 if the offender has been previously convicted for the...Read more 0