Officers aren’t playing games this summer; ‘Operation Slow Down’ in full effect

The “pedal to the metal” mentality is not going to work for drivers this summer.

The Texas Department of Transportation’s “Operation Slowdown” is currently underway in Texas and is scheduled to last through June 21. During “Operation Slowdown,” officers will spend extra time patrolling the roads, writing citations, and you’ll see all kinds of signage around town reminding drivers to slow down during this two-week period.

In 2021, there was a “16% increase in speed-related crashes on Texas roadways.” According to TxDOT, “speeding causes one out of every three traffic deaths. In 2021, speed was the leading cause of over 163,000 traffic crashes, resulting in 1,500 fatalities.” In fact, I learned there is a 70% chance of survival at 25 miles per hour versus 30 miles an hour That stat was shocking to me. Just a difference of 5 mph could mean life or death.

TXDOT’s “Be Safe. Drive Smart” summer public safety campaign also kicked off this week. The goal is to warn drivers about the dangers of speeding on Texas roads. The combo is a massive push to keep everyone safe this summer, a season when we see a higher number of young drivers hit the streets.

This is your warning my friends, take it easy and drive friendly!

Stay safe my friends :)

Anavid Reyes

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  • This closure has been rescheduled to the weekend of 6/17 - 6/20:
    • The northbound and southbound Tomball Tollway main lanes between Boudreaux and the Grand Parkway will be closed.
    • The eastbound SH-99 / Grand Parkway main lanes from the Rocky Rd. exit ramp to the Boudreaux exit ramp will be closed.
    • The northbound Northpointe entrance ramp on Tomball Tollway will be closed.

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Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, consumer and business news and local crime coverage.