The recent boom in oil and gas production across Texas has created thousands of jobs and many new opportunities for energy-producing areas. Unfortunately, with an influx in traffic in these areas, there also has been an increase in crashes.
In the Eagle Ford Shale energy sector, a 23-county region that stretches from Laredo to Madisonville, preliminary TxDOT crash reports indicate there were 2,723 fatal and serious injury crashes and 248 traffic fatalities in 2012. The death count represents a 40 percent increase in roadway fatalities over the previous year.
The Permian Basin experienced a 27 percent increase in roadway fatalities between 2011 and 2012, according to preliminary TxDOT crash reports. There were 4,128 fatal and serious injury crashes and 320 traffic fatalities in 2012 in the Permian Basin, a 58-county region that covers an area 250 miles wide and 300 miles long.
Be Safe. Drive Smart.
TxDOT has launched Be Safe. Drive Smart., a public education campaign to remind motorists to use extra caution when driving through energy work zones.
TxDOT is partnering with oil and gas companies, the Texas Department of Public Safety and communities across the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale energy sectors to promote roadway safety. The campaign includes safety messages on TV, radio, billboards, and gas pumps.
Drivers are urged to take the following basic safety precautions: buckle up; drive a safe speed; pass carefully; always stop at red lights and stop signs; and avoid using cell phones while driving.