Texas is a big energy-producing state with lots of big trucks. Semis, trailers and tankers produce heavy truck traffic in the state’s energy sectors to warrant caution. The Be Safe. Drive Smart. campaign is a year-long public education and awareness effort aimed at saving lives and reducing crashes. The campaign also focuses on reminding drivers to be extra cautious when driving through energy sector areas.
Motorists traveling through energy sectors make up a large number of the state’s fatalities. In 2015, there were 26,077 fatal, incapacitating, and non-incapacitating crashes and 1,450 fatalities in the state’s six energy sectors. The leading contributors for those crashes were failure to control speed, driver inattention. Below is a breakdown of crashes per energy region for 2015:
Drivers are urged to use extra caution when driving through energy sector areas. Drivers should expect the unexpected by staying alert and watching out for other vehicles, especially heavy trucks that have limited sight or move at a slower speed, and who may also require a greater distance to make a full stop. Following these basic safety precautions may help to save a life:
Other driver tips include never driving while under the influence alcohol or other drugs or consuming medications that may cause sleepiness or drowsiness. Remember to always drive to conditions; slowing down and following posted limits; pass only when it’s legal and safe, and move over or slow down when there are flashing lights on a law enforcement vehicle, emergency vehicle, tow truck or TxDOT vehicle that may be stopped along the side of the road.