Lower speed limit to save hundreds of Brown Pelicans from death each year in south Texas
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Every year, hundreds of Brown Pelicans are run over by cars along a 3-mile stretch of Highway 48 in south Texas during cold fronts. Strong winds force the pelicans onto the highway and they cannot get out of the way of cars going 75 mph. Last week, 53 pelicans were run over in one evening. I am one of the volunteers who assists to rescue pelicans that end up stranded on the highway and cannot take flight due to roadway concrete barriers and strong winds. It is a very dangerous situation for everyone. The stretch is between Port Isabel, Tx. and Brownsville, Tx. near the Carl Joe Gayman Bahia Grande Restoration Channel.
By lowering the speed limit on this 3-mile stretch, conditions would be safer for pelicans, motorists and fishermen who frequent the area. This stretch passes through an area of vital habitat for pelicans which they use for fishing and roosting, and thus fly over it on a daily basis. The links below show news reports of what is happening to the pelicans year after year. Local school children also chimed in with a song and letters to convey their thoughts and feelings. By signing this petition, you will be joining us in asking Governor Abbot to please step in to get the speed limit lowered for this 3-mile stretch of wildlife habitat along Highway 48. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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