November 1, 2019
The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDoT) has launched a program to draw attention to traffic deaths now on the rise in energy producing areas of the state.
It’s called “Be Safe – Drive Smart” — which includes tips for driving in areas frequented by the kind of large trucks used in the energy industry in Texas.
Many of the accidents could be avoided if motorists would give trucks lots of space to maneuver, drive at safe speeds, avoid distractions and of course use seat belts.
TXDoT said it found that just about half of traffic fatalities last year in Texas were in high traffic oil and gas producing areas, coinciding with a big increase in the number of heavy trucks using those roads.
The number of accidents in the Haynesville-Bossier shale area increased 5% from 2017 to 2018, even as the number of fatalities dropped by 2%, with failure to control speed and driver inattention the main contributing factors — each of them points that will be stressed as part of the new program.