TxDOT Wants To ‘End The Streak’ – 19 Years Since We’ve Had One Day Without a Death on Texas Roadways
We had Irene Webster and Marcus Sandifer from the Texas Department of Transportation in this morning to talk about a streak that desperately needs to end in the Great State of Texas, the death toll on Texas roads.
November 7, 2000, was the last day nobody died on a Texas roadway, that's over 19 years ago and 67,000+ deaths on our roads. Now and as we approach the end of this year we're getting close to 3000 deaths for 2019 on Texas roads and highways.
That's simply way too many. It's hard to imagine those statistics as individuals but that's what they are, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, coworkers, school mates and more. Each death affects hundreds of other people, and in over 90% of these cases, the death most likely could have been avoided.
Most of the deaths are due to bad decisions by drivers. Weather and bad road conditions do play a part for sure, but they are not near as big a factor as you might think.
- Not using seat belts
- Other distractions
Those are the primary reasons people die on our roads, and most of that could have been avoided. If your smartphone has a Driving Setting you should be using it. If you're not sure how, find out. If you're going out drinking with friends make sure one is a designated driver that doesn't drink alcohol. Call a Cab or Uber or whatever, just don't get behind the wheel.
Thinking ahead, planning, good decisions, driving the speed limit, wearing your seat belt, we can do it. Let's go Texas, we can End The Streak.
Want to learn more? go to EndTheStreakTX.com.