AUSTIN, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The next is a press launch from TxDOT:
TxDOT is urging motorists to make security a precedence after they’re behind the wheel, particularly in areas the place oil and fuel exercise usually brings elevated visitors and huge vehicles to rural areas and adjoining communities.
In 2020, almost 70,000 crashes occurred within the state’s 5 main vitality manufacturing areas—the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, Barnett Shale, Anadarko Basin and Haynesville/Bossier Shale—leading to 932 fatalities. Failure to manage pace and driver inattention had been the highest causes for crashes in these areas.
TxDOT gives the following pointers when driving in energy-production areas:
- Drive a secure pace, accounting for visitors, highway circumstances and climate.
- Focus 100% on driving and put your telephone away: no speaking or texting when behind the wheel.
- Give giant vehicles loads of house, be affected person and cross solely when it’s secure and authorized to take action.
- Obey cease indicators and visitors indicators.
- By no means drive drunk or different medication.
- All the time buckle up—drivers and passengers, day and evening.
Drivers also needs to keep in mind the “Transfer Over or Sluggish Down” regulation, requiring motorists to maneuver over a lane or sluggish to twenty mph under the posted pace restrict when approaching an emergency automobile, regulation enforcement, TxDOT automobile, tow truck or utility automobile stopped with flashing lights activated on the roadside.
“Be Secure. Drive Sensible.” is a key element of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer selections whereas behind the wheel similar to carrying a seat belt, driving the pace restrict, by no means texting and driving and by no means driving drunk or different medication. Nov. 7, 2000 was the final deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to decide to driving safely to assist finish the streak of day by day deaths.
(Press launch from the Texas Division of Transportation)