TxDOT partnered with Texas law enforcement agencies Thursday to promote and enforce the “Be Safe. Drive Safely,” the summer public safety campaign message on the dangers of speeding.

“Speeding is the number one cause of traffic accidents in Texas, and speeding increases the risk of death and serious injury in crashes,” TxDOT wrote. “Last year, there were more than 163,000 speeding crashes in the Lone Star State, and 1,532 people died from them. That’s an average of four people killed daily in Texas due to incidents related to speed.

Additionally, Operation Slowdown will see Texas officers drive more hours on the road to remind motorists of safe speeds and issue citations for those who do not obey speed limits. The operation is scheduled to take place from June 7 to 21.

“Speeding is the No. 1 factor in traffic crashes in our state, causing one in three fatalities on the roads,” said TxDOT Executive Director Marc Williams. “When you accelerate, you increase the risk of death and serious injury in a collision. By obeying the speed limit and driving under specific weather and road conditions, Texans can make our roads safer for everyone.

Laredo has seen a number of vehicle collisions this year, including the most recent two-vehicle crash in North Laredo that saw a pickup truck pinned atop a sedan. In some cases collisions have resulted in fatalities and despite the many factors that can be involved in a collision, careful and defensive driving is still strongly encouraged for anyone driving on the road. In others, driving under the influence endangers other drivers, passengers and the driver.

Safety advice provided by TxDOT included appropriate speeds in bad weather or when driving through a work zone, slowing down and allowing more distance in heavy traffic and watching for reduced speed limit signs in front of the road. The “Be Safe. Drive Smart” campaign is an effort to encourage safe driving choices such as wearing seatbelts, speed limits, never texting and driving and never driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

“November 2000 was the last day without fatalities on Texas roads,” TxDOT said. “#EndTheStreakTX is asking all Texans to pledge safe driving to help end the streak of daily deaths.”


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