Fatalities On Texas Roadways
It's veterans day today and with thanksgiving right around the corner, many people are expected to hit highways and travel to see loved ones.
But highway officials want you to be aware before you hit the road.
The number of fatalities on our highways might make you think twice about safety.
Tex-dot is hoping a new approach will educate drivers.
"It's an eye grabbing message that we want them to think about what they're doing."
Eye catching indeed, especially with the staggering number of fatalities flashed across the screen. Even more startling, according to TXDOT there has been a fatality everyday for the last twelve years on Texas highways.
"When they see numbers and they can relate that they could be the next person if they're not careful with their driving."
The last day without a single fatality on Texas roadways was November 7, 2000. Since then at least one person has died every single day on a Texas roadway bringing the total to 41,252 which is almost the size of San Marcos.
"Alcohol related crashes are up, so everything they can do to avoid alcohol and be very alert on the road will help them in the long run."
So far there have been a little more than 2,500 fatalities on Texas roads this year.