Travis County, TX: ‘Safer 71’ pushing to make improvements on SH 71 after traffic death

The nonprofit “Safer 71” issued an update on Wednesday, letting the community know they’ve made progress in getting the attention of public entities and officials to make SH 71 safer in western Travis County.

Specifically, this group is calling for more enforcement, engineering improvements on the roadway, and driver education on the stretch of 71 which runs from Southwest Parkway to the Blanco County line.

This group came together following the death of 36-year-old Michael James Babineaux on October 29. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Babineaux was driving near the entrance to the Sweetwater Community when the driver of a pickup went into the center lane, lost control and crashed into Babineaux.