AUSTIN - As hard as it is to believe, the last day Texans were able to enjoy without a single fatality on Texas roads was Wednesday 12 years ago. Since this date, at least one person has died every single day on a Texas highway or roadway, bringing the total to 41,252 fatalities. That's almost the size of the population in San Marcos.
Phil Wilson TxDOT executive director said, "One fatality on a Texas roadway is one too many, and to see as many as eight or 10 in a single day is unacceptable. As we acknowledge these tragic statistics, we are asking Texans to please help us make our roadways safer."
In 2011 alone, Texas experienced 3,048 traffic fatalities. The majority of these traffic fatalities resulted from people who did not use seat belts, were drinking and driving and/or driving distracted:
- 28.9 percent of people killed in fatal crashes were not wearing seatbelts
- 34.9 percent were attributed to drinking and driving
- 13.4 percent were associated with people being distracted (i.e. texting and driving)