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TxDOT embraces goal to end deaths on Texas roads by 2050

Posted June 10, 2019

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How many deaths are acceptable each year on Texas roads? That’s a question TxDOT is addressing through a new ambitious goal, which ultimately states that the answer to the question is zero.

Every day for nearly 19 years, at least one person has died on Texas roadways. Now TxDOT aims to reach a goal to end all fatalities on Texas roads by 2050. The Texas Transportation Commission approved the goal in its monthly meeting. The commission also set a goal of cutting fatal crashes in half by 2035, which would reduce annual fatalities to about 1,800.

Ten people are killed every day on average 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.

Nov. 7, 2000, was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. Since then, at least one person has died on Texas roadways every single day.

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