HCTRA Warns Constables Will Be Watching Toll Roads Closely During Thanksgiving Holiday

first_imgGail DelaughterThe Harris County Toll Road Authority says Harris County constables will work overtime watching traffic on roadways such as the Hardy Toll Road, which connects Houston with localities and suburbs north of downtown.The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) announced Wednesday Harris County constables will work overtime watching traffic on the toll roads during the Thanksgiving holiday.HCTRA noted in a news release that “the travel forecast for this Thanksgiving holiday is expected to reach record numbers” and added that “the heightened law enforcement presence on HCTRA roadways will focus on stopping drunk drivers and those who drive recklessly.”Additionally, law enforcement officers will intensify their efforts on non-valid temporary license plates and HCTRA’s Incident Response Team will also be available to provide drivers complimentary roadside assistance.The Harris County Toll Road Authority maintains and operates toll roads in the Houston area, including the Sam Houston Tollway, the Tomball Tollway and the Hardy Toll Road, among others. Sharelast_img read more

New Texas Law May Make It Almost Impossible For Cities To Annex

first_img Listen X 00:00 /01:02 Wikimedia CommonsPearland annexed almost 2,000 acres of land shortly before the new law took effect.Pearland is one of several Texas cities that appeared to quickly annex areas in their extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ, right before a new law established by Senate Bill 6 took effect.The law requires cities to seek voter approval before annexing land.“Those areas have been in the ETJ for probably close to 50 years and subject to being incorporated into the city,” Pearland City Manager Clay Pearson said. “And so that should be no real surprise.”But residents of those annexed areas are not happy.Yes, they’ll get more city services, but they’ll also have to pay city property taxes now.And that’s why James Thurmond, director of the University of Houston’s public administration program, thinks the law will make it almost impossible for cities to annex land in the future.“Citizens that live outside the city, if they can get free city services and use city facilities and everything and get them free, why should they pay for them?” said Thurmond, who has managed different cities in the past. “So they’re usually not going to vote to be annexed.”The new law only applies to cities in counties with at least 500,000 people. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more