Someone has died on Texas’ roads every day since November 7, 2000. That means the state has gone a full 17 years without a deathless day going by on our roadways.
In November, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) ran a campaign to end the streak, offering drivers a set of safe driving tips and things to be aware of on the road. TxDOT tweeted a number of these roadway statistics under the hashtag #EndTheStreakTX. State officials and local TV personalities joined the Twitter campaign, including tweets of support from NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely.
TxDOT ran a similar campaign in November 2016, trying to reduce highway fatalities with a trending Twitter hashtag and good driving safety tips.
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Reasons for the Streak
One of the most important things to keep in mind about the streak is that 94 percent of deadly crashes are due to driver error. Using safe driving practices and paying close attention to the road can prevent the vast majority of deadly accidents.
The top three reasons fatalities occur are (1) driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, (2) not using seatbelts, and (3) driving while distracted.
Distracted driving has been on the rise in the last few years, because the popularity of cell phones has made distraction much more tempting. Luckily, vehicle manufacturers and cell phone makers have developed a series of features that reduce the incidence of distracted driving by preventing phones from issuing notifications while the vehicle is in motion.
But the key takeaway here is that we are each responsible for driving well. If we could only do that, 94 percent of fatal accidents could be avoided. It’s up to each of us to do our part to end the streak.
Road Safety Tips
TxDOT has given four reminders to Texas drivers in the hopes of ending the streak. Given the three most common causes of fatal accidents, these should come as no surprise:
- Buckle your seatbelt.
- Pay attention.
- Never drink and drive.
- Drive the speed limit.
If you’re driving, make sure you wear your own seatbelt, but also make sure any passengers on board are wearing theirs. It can be awkward to insist that everyone wear their seatbelt, but it’s always important. If you’re going to drink, get a cab or an Uber, or get a designated driver. If weather conditions get bad, slow down below the posted speed limit.
If we all follow these guidelines all the time, Texas will be able to end the streak in no time.
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