TxDOT not only wants to reduce deaths on Texas roads, they want to get rid of them completely.
Their goal is to reduce the number of deaths by half over the next 16 years, and eliminate them altogether by 2050.
“What will have the biggest impact on this is every Texan understanding what causes accidents. Ninety percent of them are preventable,” TxDOT Commissioner Laura Ryan told KTRH News.
“It can be a phone, eating, or dealing with children. But your phone is the largest impact of distractions,” Ryan said.
Tim Lomax with the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M says there are other things to work on.
“If we can keep people from being drowsy behind the wheel and alert them when they are starting to stray off the road, we have a chance to eliminate some high speed crashes that could wind up as fatalities,” Lomax explained.
The last day that no one died on Texas roads was November 7, 2000.