Texas lawmaker wants to lower neighborhood speed limits to 25 mph (HB1287)

Wednesday lawmakers will consider a bill lowering the speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour on neighborhood streets.

Representative Celia Israel (D-District 50) filed HB 1287 in an effort to make residential roads safer. It may not seem like much, but she says multiple studies show reducing the speed limit by just 5 miles per hour is a small change that can be the difference between life and death.

The proposed law would not affect the speed on major roadways. If a speed limit isn’t posted, then 25 would be the new default speed. Israel says the bill has bi-partisan support and is popular with every major city in the state.