Pay Attention Killeen, Texas! Distracted Driving Deaths Are Way Up
Accidents on Texas roads caused by distracted driving are on the rise. 2021 saw a 17% increase from 2020, and the worst part about this is that it's totally avoidable.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Texas Department of Transportation is asking drivers to pay more attention to the road and less attention to their phones.
You may feel pretty comfortable behind the wheel, but according to a TxDOT press release, distracted driving in Texas was responsible for 431 deaths and 2,394 serious injuries in 2021 - all avoidable if the driver was just paying more attention.
Marc Williams, TxDOT executive director, says,
“Texans are killed each year simply because someone was distracted by their phone, radio, navigation system, eating or drinking, or even by others in the car. When your focus isn’t on driving, you’re putting yourself, your passengers and everyone else on the road at risk. Distracted driving crashes are 100% preventable, and we’re urging everyone to just drive whenever they’re behind the wheel.”
It's worth repeating: "Distracted driving crashes are 100% preventable."
How to Prevent Distracted Driving
The rules of the road are simple, and TxDOT offers some quality tips that both new and experienced drivers should follow to avoid distracted driving.
· Always give driving your full attention; remember that any distraction is dangerous.
· Pull off the road entirely and come to a complete stop before you talk on your phone or text.
· Put your phone away, turn it off, or use an app or your phone settings to block texts and calls while driving.
· Tell friends, family and coworkers you won’t respond to texts or calls while driving.
Simple rules that can saves lives.
Breaking The Law
Here's something you may not know: since Sept. 1, 2017, it's illegal to read, write or send a text while driving in Texas. Doing so could lead to a $200 fine.
Driving in Texas is dangerous. Texas highways and interstates are some of the most deadly in the country, so paying extra attention to the vehicles around you should be a priority when getting behind the wheel.
Distracted driving is 100% preventable!