Cameron Co. Constables Working to Curb Speeding Along Highway 48
NEAR PORT ISABEL – Highway 48 is a popular spot for fishing. But the long stretch of highway between Brownsville and Port Isabel is also known for speeders.
Jesus Soto says he frequents a fishing hole along the highway. He explains it becomes a real problem when he goes home for the day.
"(Drivers) come by so fast as though nobody is coming," Soto says, "I had to back up real fast because they come so fast."
CHANNEL 5 NEWS crews rode along with Cameron County Precinct 1 Constable Pedro "Pete" Delgadillo on Friday. In the first couple minutes, Delgadillo’s deputy pulled over two drivers for allegedly speeding.
"We stop people doing 90, 80, sometimes a 100 (miles per hour)," he explains. "My concern is for their safety. By going that speed there can be a major accident out there."
He says on average, constables pull over around 10 people suspected of speeding a day.
Delgadillo says they’re working to focus patrols around popular fishing spots along Highway 48.
He hopes it will make the area safer for fishermen like Soto and those working on construction projects in the area.