Since Nov. 7, 2000, at least one person has died on Texas roadways every single day, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. More than 66,000 have died from vehicle crashes on Texas roadways since that day, TxDOT says.
In an effort to end this deadly 18-year milestone, the transportation department, through its #EndTheStreakTX campaign, is reminding drivers it’s a shared responsibility among roadway users and engineers to keep our roads safe.
To help raise awareness of this tragic, daily statistic, TxDOT is asking people to share personal stories of loved ones lost in car crashes on their social media pages using photo and video testimonials with the hashtag, #EndTheStreakTX.
The agency also will be posting startling statistics for the public to repost on social media outlets to help share this important message.
The leading causes of fatalities continue to be failure to stay in one lane, alcohol and speed. To decrease the chances of roadway crashes and fatalities, TxDOT reminds drivers to:
- Buckle seatbelts – all passengers need to be buckled
- Pay attention – put phone away and avoid distractions
- Never drink and drive – drunk driving kills; get a sober ride home
- Drive the speed limit – obey speed limits and drive slower when weather conditions warrant
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