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Garza County was recently awarded for zero highway fatalities in 2019 by the Texas Transportation Commission.
With Texas soon to reach its 20th year of daily roadway deaths, more than 70,000 innocent lives have been lost to preventable fatal crashes during the last two decades with an average of 10 people dying every day.
TxDOT, which is governed by the Texas Transportation Commission, has in turn adopted a goal to have zero deaths on Texas roadways by 2050 and to cut the number in half by 2035.
In 2019, Garza County recorded 131 total crashes, only nine of which resulted in serious injuries.
County Judge Lee Norman credits the responsiveness of local first responders including Garza County Sheriff’s Office, Post Volunteer Fire Department and the Post-Garza County EMS, for keeping Garza County at zero fatalities.
Garza County is one of 20 Texas counties to receive this award.
The court also accepted a donation of .443 acres from the Post Economic Development Corporation.
The land, which is currently being used as parking lot, is located adjacent to the Community Recovery Center, Attorney Ted Weems said.
Norman additionally announced that, due to the tax office being temporarily closed, the court will take into consideration that constituents have not been able to renew car tags when issuing traffic violations.
The court also approved a sealed bid for Project #2 in Precinct 2. The approved bid, from JST Concrete, amounted $22,710.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Dec. 14 at 9 a.m.