City Officials Address Road Safety Issues 5/23/13
May 23, 2013
Midland/ Odessa - The dangerous trend on the roads has West Texas officials on high alert. Which urged mayors of both Midland and Odessa to host a press conference on how to make our community and roads safer.
ďThis is not a city issues, this is not a county issue, this is a regional issue that will require regional solutions,Ē said Midland Public Information Officer Sarah Higgins.
Officials are saying those solutions are in the publicís hands. At the news conference, both mayors say the issues on our streets canít be fixed until those behind the wheel drive cautiously.
ďIf we have an unlimited budget, you are still going to have people doing the irresponsible things, so thatís the one thing that really will work is if we canít decide that we are going to slow down and be better drivers, I mean itís really simple at the end of the day,Ē said Midland Mayor Wes Perry.
But of course officials admit there is big job ahead of them, due to the traffic increase our roads simply were just not ready for the traffic.
ďAs city leaders we are looking at different options to bring extra money to work on some of our streets,Ē said Odessa Mayor David Turner.
The city does have a few plans to help eliminate some of the wrecks, like putting cameras in at red lights, but the resounding answer from all officials was simply just to slow down, put down the phone and watch where youíre going.