Every day for nearly 19 years at least one person has died on Texas roadways. Now Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) aims to achieve the goal of ending all fatalities on Texas roads by 2050.
The Texas Transportation Commission approved the goal, along with a target of reducing fatal crashes in half by 2035, which would reduce annual fatalities to about 1,800.
“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,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan.
On average, ten people per day are killed on roads in Texas. Texans can play a major role in ending fatal crashes with a few simple driving habits: wearing seatbelts, driving the speed limit, not texting or being distracted, and never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
TxDOT already focuses on safety with engineering, education and enforcement efforts. However, this goal builds on an increased emphasis on safety in project prioritization, selection and design as well as continuing driver safety awareness programs and working to implement the Strategic Highway Safety Plan.
November 7, 2000, was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX encourages Texans to drive safely to help end the streak of daily deaths on the state’s roadways.