AUSTIN, TX (TxDOT) — TxDOT is launching a new campaign, called "Drive to Conditions," designed to encourage motorists in the Lone Star State to adapt their driving behaviors to the various traffic, road construction and weather conditions they may encounter on the state’s more than 79,000 miles of roadways.
In 2012, the number of Texas motor vehicle traffic fatalities totaled 3,399. That marked a 10.8 percent increase over those in 2011. That same year, 63,610 serious injury crashes occurred in Texas with 87,087 people sustaining serious injuries. In the Rio Grande Valley, the number of traffic fatalities totaled 133 with 3,109 serious injuries. (According to TxDOT crash data, this includes Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties)
With these sobering statistics in mind, TxDOT is launching its new "Drive to Conditions" initiative.
Below are some tips to help drivers better protect themselves, their passengers and other motorists. TxDOT also encourages motorists to listen to weather forecasts, and before starting any trip, check Texas highway conditions at http://www.drivetexas.org . And remember that wearing a seatbelt is one of the best steps drivers and passengers can take to protect themselves in any driving condition.