Officials acting for sake of action over ozone

Official heavy-handedness is usurping already-suspect environmental regulation in Texas.Desperation over Houston's intractable ozone pollution has produced mistakes both silly and serious. Under pressure from federal regulators, regional authorities recently lowered expressway speed limits in and around Houston to 55 mph from 70 mph.Houstonians, who tend to ignore speed limits, treat the move as a joke. They know lower speeds produce no environmental benefit. Most are not slowing down. Some are getting tickets.A county prosecutor says ticketed drivers demanding jury trials might prevail in court by arguing that the former speed limit had been deemed safe. There will be many demands fo...

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