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Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Transportation Commission officials are launching the #EndTheStreakTX campaign this month, asking all Texans to join the effort to end this deadly 19-year streak.

 

 

Nov. 7, 2000, was the last deathless day on roadways in Texas, meaning for 19 years straight, at least one person has died every single day. 

That’s why Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Transportation Commission officials are launching the #EndTheStreakTX campaign this month, asking all Texans to join the effort to end this deadly 19-year streak.

An average of 10 people die every day in crashes in the state.

“I want to challenge everyone here to tell 10 people right now about #EndtheStreakTX,” Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan said. “Take out your phones and let them know that you need their help to #EndtheStreakTX. Text them this message or share it on social media and tag at least 10 people. Challenge them to share the message with 10 of their friends, and so on. Let’s not have a 20th anniversary next Nov. 7.”

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 #EndTheStreakTX. The agency will also post statistics for the public to repost on social media outlets to help share this important message.

“We all have the power to end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways,” Ryan said. “And while we are committed to invest in the best engineering practices to make our roads safe, we also need drivers and passengers to act more responsibly and help us end the streak of daily deaths on our roads to reach our goal of zero deaths by 2050.”

TxDOT will dedicate an additional $600 million for more safety improvements along Texas roadways over the next two years. 

The effort includes widening some roads and adding rumble strips that alert drivers if they are veering out of their lane or off the road, adding reinforced shoulders and select turn lanes and deploying new technology that will increase safety on the entire system of roads.

 TxDOT Executive Director James Bass said Texans can play a major role in ending fatal crashes by wearing seat belts, driving the speed limit, putting away the phone and other distractions  and never driviving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“It’s heartbreaking to know that every day for the past 19 years someone has lost a spouse, child, friend or neighbor on our state’s roadways,” Bass said. “Ending this daily death streak is a shared responsibility. While we are committed to continue making improvements to our highway system, we all must work toward ending preventable crashes caused by drivers including 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.”

TxDOT reminds drivers to:

• Buckle seat belts — all passengers need to be buckled.

• Pay attention — put phones away and avoid distractions.

• Never drink and drive or do drugs and drive — get a sober ride home.

• Drive the speed limit — obey speed limits and drive slower when weather conditions warrant.

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