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#EndTheStreakTX campaign aims to make Texas highways safer

November 26, 2018

For more than 18 years, Texas highways have been deadly.

Not since Nov. 7, 2000, has there been a day where at least one person has died on a Texas roadway, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

With that in mind, TxDOT has started the #EndTheStreakTX campaign in the attempt to make Texas roads safer.

“We all have the power to end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan in a news release. “Don’t drink and drive; put away the cell phone; buckle up; and obey traffic laws. Be the driver you would want next to you, in front of you or behind you. Together, we can end the streak.”

Ending the streak of more than 18 years will be a tough one. As of Monday, Nov. 26, there have been 6,594 days with at least one dead on Texas highways.

“It’s heartbreaking to know that every day for the past 18 years someone has lost a spouse, child, friend or neighbor on our state’s roadways,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass in a news release. “Ending this deadly daily streak is a shared responsibility. We will continue to engineer our roads to be more forgiving of drivers’ errors, but we all must work toward ending such preventable contributing factors as distracted driving, speeding and drunk driving. Let’s make it a priority to be safe, focused and responsible behind the wheel. Let’s end the streak.”

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls sent a photo of himself holding a #EndTheStreakTX sign, which was retweeted by TxDOT-Houston.

“Big thanks to @SheriffTNehls and the @FBCSO family for helping us inform the community about the importance of ending the streak of fatalities on Texas roads,” TxDOT said in its tweet. “We can all do our part! Put the phone downs, focus on the road, slow down, and always wear your seat belt.”

To help raise awareness of the 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.”

According to TxDOT figures, since Nov. 7, 2000, “fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes on Texas roadways have numbered more than 66,000. The leading causes of fatalities continue to be failure to stay in one lane, alcohol and speed.”

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

rkent@hcnonline.com

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