BROWNSVILLE, Texas – On Texas highways every day for the past 19 years at least one person has been killed due to a traffic accident. The Texas Department of Transportation launching their End The Streak campaign to stop this fatal trend.
Octavio Saenz, Public Information Officer – TxDOT, “For every day for the past 19 years, thousands of mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, they have all died in senseless crashes.”
Nearly 67,000 people have died in car crashed since November 7, 2000, according to TxDOT. The factors leading to these deadly crashes are speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving. Many of which can be preventable.
Saenz says, “In 2018, 747 people were killed because of speeding, 1 out of 4 deaths in 2018 were caused by drunk driving and Number 3, distracted driving was the cause of death for 403 people that were killed in 2018.”
TxDOT is reminding drivers to wear seat belts, pay attention, drive the speed limit, and never drink and drive. They are also encouraging people to share the hashtag #EndTheStreak on social media.
“What we are doing is challenging people to text 10 friends or share the End The Streak Texas message on social media and tag at least 10 other people and challenge them to share this message.” adds Saenz.
TxDOT has set a goal to end all traffic fatalities on Texas roads by 2050. They will do it by implementing highway safety plans and safety awareness programs.
If you want to take part in ending the streak, you can share your stories and bring awareness to this cause by using the hashtag #EndTheStreakTx on all social media platforms.