In-Depth

Why People Are Driving So Fast On Houston’s Streets And Freeways

Statistics show a rising number of speed-related crashes in the Houston region. Experts say the way we build roads may have something to do with it

Traffic on I-45 Gulf Freeway. Police say they catch speeders on all kinds of roads around the Houston region.

You see it everywhere around Houston these days, those drivers who just can’t seem to slow down. Maybe it’s that brand-new sports car weaving on the freeway. Or a pickup truck roaring through the neighborhood. And we’ve all seen the guy who speeds past to try to beat the red light.

In our in-depth feature, we look at the problem of speeding in the Houston region and whether road design encourages people to put the pedal to the metal. We talked to the head of HPD’s Traffic Enforcement Division, as well as experts from Rice University’s Kinder Institute and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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