Texas Department of Transportation Launches New Safety Campaign
Written by Greg on March 8, 2019
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently put a new safety campaign in place. The campaign, called “Be Safe, Drive Smart” is designed to educate drivers on how to make smarter driving choices. The year-long effort will raise public awareness in an effort to reduce crashes and save lives. The campaign covers safe driving with a particular focus on traffic safety in the state’s energy sectors, works zones, and in the I-35 corridor.
Texas Crash Data
According to records collected by the Texas Department of Transportation show more than 3,000 people a year die in traffic accidents in Texas. In 2017, the most recent year with data available, there were 3,721 traffic-related fatalities. There were 14,299 crashes in which serious injuries occurred, and in those crashes, 17,546 people were seriously injured.
The statistics from theTexas Department of Transportationshow that one person is killed on our roadways every two hours and 21 minutes. A person is injured approximately every two minutes and a reportable accident happens every minute in Texas. There were no “deathless” days on our roads in 2017.
Of the fatalities, 761 people died in crashes in or related to an intersection. 552 people were killed in head-on collisions and 501 motorcyclists were killed. Pedestrian fatalities totaled 614 and there were 57 pedal-cyclist deaths.
1,024 people were killed in vehicle accidents in which the driver was under the influence of alcohol. This number equals 28% of the total traffic deaths. 449 people died in crashes that were caused by distracted driving.
Safe Driving Tips
The TxDOT safety campaign offers these general driving safety tips:
- Drive courteously
- Use seatbelts
- Pay attention to the road
- Obey traffic signals and signs
- Slow for weather conditions
- Give trucks space
- Pass carefully
- Do not consume alcohol, drugs or medications before driving
- Slow down and pull over for emergency vehicles and police with flashing lights
About 14% of fatal accidents in Texas involve commercial motor vehicles. Texas has a large number of 18-wheelers traveling in and across our state, making the roads more dangerous than ever. Remember that trucks have some blind spots, so make sure to give them plenty of room to maneuver on the road.
Do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking or using drugs. In addition, do not use your phone or other device while driving. Taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds can result in a serious accident.