We can halt the string of daily deaths on Texas roadways
By Noel S. Paramanantham, P.E., Texas Department of Transportation, Paris District Engineer
PARIS – Nov. 7, 2019 marked a sad anniversary for Texas. The last deathless day on Texas roadways occurred 19 years ago on Nov. 7, 2000. Since then, at least one person has died each day in highway crashes in Texas. Sadder still, crash statistics show us that, on average, as many as 10 people are killed every day on Texas roads.
That means that about 67,000 of our friends, family and other loved ones are no longer with us.
This is a milestone we should not be marking. It’s also a sad reminder that each of us has a serious responsibility to drive safely.
These senseless deaths destroy families, rob people of their loved ones and cut lives short, but they are preventable.
Safety is our top priority at TxDOT. It is a major component of our daily work and part of our agency culture. We will continue to implement high engineering standards in building and maintaining our highway system, and we will continue to promote safety with our enforcement and education efforts.
But we need your help. Our annual #EndTheStreakTX safety campaign encourages all of us to drive safely and friendly to help end the streak of daily deaths on our roadways.
According to the National Highway Traffic Association, 94 percent of all traffic crashes are preventable.
Most crashes on our Texas roadways are due to driver error, and are entirely avoidable.
All of us can play a role in ending the streak of fatalities on our highways. We can help #EndTheStreakTX by using a few simple driving habits every day: buckle your seatbelt; drive the speed limit and adjust it to road and weather conditions; put your phone away or silence it … don’t let it distract you; and never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.