Citizens, government speak out against '75'

A few weeks ago, we opined in this section that raising speed limits to 75 miles per hour on U.S. Highways 290 and 87 and State Highway 16 was an act that was poorly thought out by our Texas legislators.

Turns our most everyone else does, as well.

Gillespie County Commissioners this week adopted a resolution in protest of the speed limit increase.

Mayor Jeryl Hoover, in a letter to State Rep. Doug Miller, addressed the topics we took up in our editorial — limited visibility with turns and hills, wildlife, small roads and personal distractions, like cell phones — and added the growing number of businesses along these roadways, especially U.S. Highway 290.

“There are a number of safety decisions that do not justify this decision by TxDOT,” Hoover wrote.

Residents, too, weighed in with letters to the editor and comments on our social media site.

While by no means scientific, the Standard-Radio Post asked on social media via our Facebook page if readers thought 75 mph was too fast on local highways. The response was overwhelmingly “yes.”

A sampling of the comments:

• Frances – “Yes, you are already living dangerously driving on 290 and 16. Count the accidents.”

• Jeanie – “Disasters waiting to happen.”

• Jesse – “Anything over 70 should be on an interstate-type setting.”

• Audra – “290 is scary enough at 70 mph! …we often see accidents because people are waiting to turn into Trade Days, Wildseed Farms or one of the wineries.”

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