By State Rep. Todd Huner
AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — I would like to draw attention to a very important topic we face in Texas, which is roadway safety. Since November 7, 2000 at least one person has died every single day, with an average of 10 deaths everyday.
As a result, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently launched the annual #EndTheStreakTX Campaign.
During this campaign, TxDOT asks all Texans to join the effort to end the deadly 19-year streak on roadways in Texas. The Texas Transportation Commission has set a goal aiming to end all fatalities on Texas roads by 2050, with an interim goal to reduce them by half by 2035.
The leading cause of fatalities continue to be failure to stay in one lane, alcohol, and speed.
- November 7, 2000 was the last deathless day on Texas Roadways, with fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes around 67,000.
- In 2018 alone, there were 3,641 lives lost.
- Furthermore, there is 1 reportable crash every 58 seconds, and 1 person killed every 2 hours and 24 minutes.
- These staggering statistics should serve as a reminder to drive safely and avoid distractions while driving.
Also, TxDOT will reinforce shoulders and select turn lanes, and deploy new technology that will increase safety on the entire roadway system.
However, Texans play a major role in ending the deadly trend by changing simple driving habits, such as, wearing seatbelts, driving the speed limit, putting away the phone and other distractions, and never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
I encourage all Texans to join the effort to end this pattern to protect our families.
- To learn more about the annual #EndTheStreakTX Campaign, visit https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-center/psas/end-streak.html.
I hope we can work together to end this deadly trend to make all roadways in Texas safe.
If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please don't hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. Please always feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to contact my office regarding constituent services.
As always, my offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).
State Representative Todd Hunter serves the constituents of Texas House District 32, which is composed of Aransas, Calhoun, San Patricio and part of Nueces County.