The recent boom in oil and gas production across Texas has created thousands of jobs and many new opportunities for energy-producing areas. Unfortunately, with an influx in traffic in these areas, there also has been an increase in crashes.
In the Eagle Ford Shale energy sector, a 26-county region that stretches from Laredo to Madisonville, TxDOT crash reports indicate there were 3,660 traffic crashes that resulted in serious injuries or fatalities in 2014, an increase of 13 percent over the previous year. The result was 270 traffic fatalities in the region in 2014.
The Permian Basin region experienced a 17 percent increase in roadway fatalities between 2013 and 2014, according to TxDOT crash reports. There were 5,038 fatal and serious injury crashes and 429 traffic fatalities in 2014 in the Permian Basin, a 59-county region that covers 75,000 square miles.
Be Safe. Drive Smart.
TxDOT has launched Be Safe. Drive Smart., a public education campaign to remind motorists to use extra caution when driving through energy work zones.
TxDOT is partnering with oil and gas companies, the Texas Department of Public Safety and communities across the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale energy sectors to promote roadway safety. The campaign includes safety messages on TV, radio, billboards and gas pumps.
Drivers are urged to take the following basic safety precautions: buckle up; drive a safe speed; pass carefully; always stop at red lights and stop signs; and avoid using cell phones while driving.
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