The Fayette County Judge is requesting the state lower the speed limit on U.S. Highway 77.
Judge Joe Weber told county commissioners last week that he’d speak with the state about lowering the limit, and concerns that local officials should have more control over roads that run through their jurisdiction.
Weber made his comments following a report to commissioners that Highway 77 fatalities in Fayette and Lee counties are on pace to double over last year’s numbers.
Weber, the former Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation, says trying to get the speed limit lowered anywhere in the state is a “science project.”
He went on to say, the speed limit should be between the county and DPS.
Weber asked why it takes, “someone to die—to become a statistic—to lower the speed limit?”