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TxDOT Appeals To Drivers To Help End Long Streak Of Deadly Crashes

It’s been 18 years since Texas has had a day without a traffic fatality somewhere in the state.

The last day without a traffic fatality anywhere in Texas was November 7, 2000.

“We have drivers that are 16 years old who’ve never seen a deathless day,” said Deidrea George, a public information officer with the Texas Department of Transportation. “So that is definitely something to point out.”

Statistics show that in 2017, over 3,700 people were killed on Texas roads. In Houston alone, 242 people were killed. George said that far outpaces other Texas cities.

“They are crashes that are the result of drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding,” added George.

And while impaired driving continues to be the leading cause of fatal crashes in Texas, George said other careless actions are also to blame.

“The next category is actually just as preventable. It’s actually occupants that are not restrained,” explained George. “So these are people that are getting in the car and are not buckling their seat belt.”

George said TxDOT is continuing to look for ways to build safer roads that can correct for driver error. But she adds the vast majority of crashes could be prevented if drivers just made better choices.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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