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Letter: Kudos for highway safety plans
Thanks go to Rep. John Kuempel, who worked with the Texas Department of Public Safety to put in place the recent initiative to monitor the major traffic issues in Wilson County. He is one of the few elected officials that has actually listened to his constituents and took appropriate action to address the concerns voiced about the large amount of truck traffic and the safety of our roadways.
An article in the Wilson County News a few weeks ago detailed a plan where Karnes County citizens are working with their county officials to report unsafe driving. I feel that this is an excellent way for citizens to actually work with officials to address the traffic issues at hand. Hopefully, our local officials are already working on a similar plan for Wilson County. If not, I ask action to put a similar plan in place begin as soon as possible.
I am aware of the myriad of problems and issues that have to be addressed by our county and cities because of the oil and gas industry boom in our area. Road damage, housing, infrastructure, and crime are all critical issues, but the lives and safety of our children, the elderly, and all citizens who must share the road must be considered priority.
I urge all who are affected by the unsafe highway conditions to contact their officials and let them know their specific concerns and ask them to put a highway safety plan in place for Wilson County.
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