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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Drivers shouldnt get carried away on roads HeraldZeltung O Sunday January O 5 A Texas motorists eager to drive the new 70 mph daytime and 65 mph night speed limits for passenger cars should consider Caesar Augustus admonition to make haste Heeding that advice could prevent a traffic citation and more important could save lives President Bill Clinton signed the National Highway System Designa tion Act repealing the 55 mph speed limit in November but it could be May before 70mph signs are installed on all state highways Where condi tions warrant the speed limit could remain at 55 mph The best advice for motorists is to abide by the posted speed said Mike Cox Texas Department of Pub lic Safety Each law enforcement agency will decide how to best enforce the speed limit within its jurisdiction and policies may vary Some areas will stay 55 for safety DPS personnel are concerned that the higher speed limit adversely will affect traffic who drive legally at 70 mph on some major high ways should remember that speeding can be fatal In 1974 when Congress responded to the Arab oil embargo by lowering the speed limit to 55 mph traffic fatal ities dropped percent The trend did not continue Federal legislation enacted in 1987 allowed states to raise the speed limit on rural sections of interstate high ways to 65 mph The speed limit changed from 55 to 65 mph on miles of the states miles of interstate highways on May In 1988 the number of traffic fatalities increased percent Alcohol and speed were contributing factors in many of the fatal accidents Thirty fatal accidents occurred dur ing the 1994 Christmas holiday period and percent involved alcohol or speeding Of the 23 fatal accidents recorded during the 1994 New Years holiday period 13 were alcoholor speedrelated In 1993 the 73rd Legislature passed the Administrative License Revoca tion Bill by Zaffirini and Rep Steve Wolens An effective weapon in the war against drunk dri ving ALR could save up to 100 lives a year according to the National High way Traffic Safety Administration Between Jan 1 1995 when ALR became effective and Nov 30 1995 licenses were suspended and million reinstatement fees were collected Lt Gov Bob Bullock a strong sup porter of the legislation issued an inter im charge to the Senate Criminal Jus tice Committee to review driving while intoxicated statutes that could enhance ALR These include allowing sobriety checkpoints prohibiting open alco holic beverage containers in vehicles lowering the blood alcohol threshold and increased penalties for DWI Chamber banquet Jan 26 Tickets went on sale this week for the New Braunfels Chamber of Com merces 77th Annual Meeting and Banquet which is billed as A Sesqui centennial The banquet will be held at 7 on Friday Jan 26 1996 at the New Braunfels Civic Cen ter The chamber has just completed 76 years of history which makes it half as old as the city Since 1995 was the Sesquicentennial year it will be an appropriate time to reflect on the years special events according to the chair of the board Carter Casteel Highlighting the evening will be the changing of the chair of the boards gavel presentation of awards for 1995 the drawing for the Sesquicentennial quilt and the sealing of die time cap sule Of special interest is the presenta tion of the Besserung Award out standing citizen whose recip ient is kept secret until the awards ceremony The coveted Besserung Award which means community is the highest honor that the New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce can give to any citizen and is awarded to the person who has made a significant contribution toward the improvement of our community A buffet dinner will be served This very popular event is almost always a sellout so we those interested in attending to get their tick ets as soon as said Casteel Tickets may be purchased from any Blue Coat board director or at the chamberbfficer390 S Seguin St Judith Zaffirini offenses Concerned about the new speed lim its and the confusion that may result because they will not be increased on all highways DPS officials raised their estimate for the New Years Day hol iday death toll to 40 persons Cox reminds motorists to drive the higher speed limit only where 70 mph speed signs are posted and to exercise extreme caution The 70 mph speed limit applies only to passenger cars Truck speed lim its are 60 mph during the day and 55 mph at night Texas Depart ment of Trans portation engineers will not post all 70 mph speed limit signs until they complete their fourphase study of the states highways including interstate and divided highways undivided high ways of four or more lanes all other highways on the state and sys tems and all other farmtomarket and ranchtomarket highways The completed first phase resulted in 70 mph speed limits posted on the majority of rural interstate and divided highways in midDecember Phase two focused on speed limits for undi vided highways of four or more lanes and was presented to Texas DOT com missioners at their December meet ing Recommendations for speed limits on all remaining highways in the state and systems will be presented at the January commission meeting FM and RM highway speed limits are scheduled for approval at the April commission meeting For months Texas DOT anticipat ed that the national maximum speed limit would be said Bill Bur nett executive director With the repeal of federal restrictions states have the authority to set their own speed limits and we are making sure we continue to maintain a highway system that is safe and Judith Zaffirini is a state senator for New First Protestant blood drives record 124 donations In 1995 Dear Editor On behalf of the Department of Mis sion and Service at First Protestant Church the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center and the many people who benefit from the blood donations received at the community blood dri ves at First Protestant deepest and most sincere gratitude is extended to all who participate Without the help and encouragement from members and friends it would be impossible to continue this vital work The report from the Blood Bank as of Dec II indicated 124 donations received at drives held at First Protes tant for 1995 At the beginning jf the new year the Department of Mission and Service asks that the community join them in rededicating themselves to the support of this important mission of First Protestant Church and New Braunfels The first opportunity you have to show your support is Jan 7 I996 The first blood drive of the year will be held in the Family Life Center beginning at until The department is looking forward to seeing you there Best wishes for a healthy and peaceful New Year Charlene Nolle coordinator New Bmunfels Immunizations could eliminate most flu deaths Dear Editor Each year an average of Americans die from Influenza Flu or its complications This disease is usually preventable with an annual immunization Those who are most at risk for the complications of Flu are Senior Citizens New Braunfels is extremely fortunate to have organiza tions which are actively concerned about our own at risk citizens The Downtown New Braunfels Rotary Club has contributed a very signifi cant amount of money each year since 1990 towards the purchase of Influen za Vaccine which has been adminis tered free by the Health Department to the Senior Citizens The Comal Coun ty Senior Citizens Center annually hosts this one day free clinic at their beautiful facility Hats off Kudos Many many thanks to the Downtown New Braun fels Rotary Club for the generous financial backing and to the Comal County Senior Citizens Center for the Use of their facility Their generosity has made this program possible and successful for the past six years out their concern for others many in our community would be at I am looking forward to their contin ued support in the years to come Sincerely Comal County Nurse The truth Is probably somewhere in the middle Dear Editor I fail to understand how anybody can get so caught up in liberalism or conservatism so strongly that they cant see all sides in a clear light and open mind Some become so furious they actually lose control of their think ing through rage or even violence Its terrible seeing American citizens wor shipping or con much that they think either party walks on water and wears halos Many actually see some of these politicians as gods and would fall to the ground and lick their boots if the politicians let them How naive Some are even possessed by conservatism or liberalism so badly it actually blinds their thinking toward reality and they would give up their front seats in heav en their souls for their party right or wrong They even think of the opposite party as nonAmerican when actually there are both conservatives and lib erals lying out in those military grave yards and are now risking their lives in Bosnia today I feel very uneasy when there is a lopsided majority occupying the White House at any time Ill be glad when two terms in office is law Those lib eral conservative politicians thumb their noses at us unsophisticat ed lowincome peasants anyway most of the time and kiss up to their lobby ists The human being I vote for regard less of party will always be the best I think of those running We vote and pay those politicians a good wage for doing their job If they dont do a good job we get them out Those doing good jobs stay and get paid I see no use in becoming hysterical lunatics and fanatics over any political leader or party Lets keep our eyes on them wash their feet Geez Jerry E Dougherty Spring Branch Childs wish conies true at WEEKENDS FREE local calling on nights and weekends for up to 3 MONTHS from Wireless Services REE VoiceMail for ONE FREE Activation A Savings Get a FREE NEC P110 or MOTOROLA TELETAC through KRAFT MOBILETEL Offer includes FREE incar charger and FREE leather case KRAFT Your Communications Specialists 679 S Seguin 6297466 Wireless Services Authorized Dealer Disneyworld Dear Editor On behalf ofjny entire family Id like to thank Janice Quent and the Central Texas chapter of the Make AWish Foundation of America for all they have done for my nephew and the rest of his family Ms Quent was responsible for seeing that his wish to visit Disneyworld came true When he came back from that trip he seemed to have made a miraculous recovery from his bout with an inoperable brain tumor My sister her husband and their other two children also enjoyed the trip This group made all the trav el arrangements booked the hotels and even gave them spending money for souvenirs Everyone agreed that the recent trip made this the best Christmas gift and well have great memories Sincerely Jennifer Phillips San Antonio New Braunfels like Los Angeles Dear Editor I look forward to visits in my home town of New Braunfels The city offers a pleasant and relaxing change from the frenzy of Los Angeles where I now reside Amazingly however New Braunfels does rival in a few unfortunate ways Your new grocery store is larger than any retail grocery store Ive encountered during the years Ive lived in Bigger is not necessarily better but at least your store employees are friendlier and the facility is cleaner than my smaller neighborhood supermarket in Studio City The traffic in deserves its high ly negative reputation I feel lucky that my car has only been hit twice during the years Ive lived there and I think its a good traffic day when a 20mile freeway commute between Studio City and Santa Monica takes only 50 way New Braunfels doesnt have that sort of traffic nightmare but in the role of pedestrian I perceive as much danger from the traffic while walking around the Plaza in New Braunfels as I do walking in Drivers in generally under stand the concept of pedestrian right ofway I have my doubts about some drivers in your friendlier city Fur thermore where San Antonio and Seguin streets intersect the circle around the Plaza there are no notice able crosswalks to aid a pedestrian in negotiating unyielding traffic Faded paint is evidence that there Were cross walks at these sites in the past Why have these crosswalks not been repainted I understand that there are sights to see on the Plaza grounds such as a historic walk Perhaps enjoy ment of the Plaza is intended for risk takers or sprinters Woe to the non sprinting risktaker for there is no pro tected pedestrian route to the Plaza The city could do more to make a vis it to its historic unique Plaza area a safe one Sincerely Suzanne Wenzel Studio City Calif Limited Quantities Hurry in Today MAYTAG LARGE CAPACITY WASHER SAVE RICE BIG BREAK Lasts Longer Than Any Other Brand Based on consumer brand preference surveys Ask lor Otter available on new activations and valid on selected service plans with TriCounty Coverage Free airtime minutes apply to local calling only Following 30 day trial of VoiceMail normal monthly rates 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