Texas allows gun show freeway messages in Houston

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Associated Press

Posted on January 5, 2013 at 7:03 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas transportation officials have overruled a district office and restored use of electronic freeway signs for public safety traffic updates near firearms-related events.

Texas Department of Transportation officials in Houston on Thursday said use of such signs was suspended amid complaints following a gun show the day after the Dec. 14 massacre at a Connecticut school. A gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, then himself.

TxDOT officials on the state level later Thursday said the local decision to stop using traffic advisory signs at firearms-related events was wrong. TxDOT spokeswoman Veronica Beyer says message boards are used to help direct traffic when there's an accident and at large events for public safety.

Such signs are also typically used for high traffic-volume situations such as rodeos and sporting events.

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