Waco sees increase in speeding during COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 7:17 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 08:17:08-04

WACO, TX — The Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeing a change in driving patterns due to COVID-19.

They measured three important factors: the social distancing index, percent of population staying at home and miles traveled per person.

In a study, they found between the months of March and May, the miles traveled per person dropped 43 percent in April when on average we were traveling about 22 miles per person.

With less people on the roads, they saw an increase in those speeding.

"A lot more crashes involving speed, and of course the faster you go, you get in trouble, and the results are a lot more severe and that was a concern to us," Chri Evilia said, director of Waco MPO.

There will be a meeting held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June, 18 to discuss further impacts COVID-19 will have on the traveling public via roadway.

The meeting will be held over a conference call to maintain social distancing, to sign up visit their website.

All questions must me sent in before 10 a.m. the day of the meeting. Questiosn can be emailed to or by calling (254) 750-5650.