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Should TxDOT the lower speed limit on a heavily traveled section of Texas 6?

Whether to visit family, attend a business meeting or meet up with friends for game day, most people making the 90-minute drive from the Houston metropolitan area up to College Station will hop on Texas 6.

While most of these motorists likely won't give the matter a second thought, Texas 6, as it travels through Brazos County, has actually compiled a somewhat alarming accident record in recent years. Indeed, it's become a big enough issue that the Texas Department of Transportation is now planning to undertake a speed study.

According to reports, this span of Texas 6 has seen accidents steadily increase over the last six years with the single sharpest spike occurring in 2013, when there were 361 car crashes, 92 more than the previous year. What makes this significant, of course, is that this is the year in which the speed limit of this stretch of highway increased from 70 miles-per-hour to 75 miles-per-hour.

As tempting as it can be to point the finger squarely at the speed limit increase as one of the driving factors behind the accident increase over the last few years, TxDOT officials indicate that it may or may not be a factor, and that, more than anything, increased congestion is likely to blame.

The speed study, which will conclude sometime in the fall, will monitor driving speeds at different times of the day at different locations Monday through Friday -- excluding both weekends and bad weather days -- in a bid to get the most accurate cross-section of driver speeds as possible.

As for the aforementioned factor of increased congestion, TxDOT officials indicate that ongoing construction projects should help alleviate this issue and that Texas 6 remains a very safe option through this area.

It will be fascinating to see what, if anything, this speed study uncovers.

In the meantime, if you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one because of the reckless actions of another behind the wheel or a roadway defect, please understand that you have rights and you have options for seeking justice.

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