TxDOT Promotes Safe Driving in Barnett Shale Region
‘Be Safe. Drive Smart.’ campaign reminds drivers to use extra caution when traveling in energy-producing communities (PSAs available here)
AUSTIN — The energy boom is bringing jobs and prosperity to communities in the Barnett Shale region, but it also is putting more traffic, work crews and trucks on local roadways. In an effort to reduce crashes in these increasingly busy areas, the Texas Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to "Be Safe. Drive Smart." in energy work zones this summer.
"Oil and gas activity has created unprecedented volumes of traffic in many parts of our state," said TxDOT Executive Director LtGen Joe Weber, USMC (Ret). "It’s more important than ever for drivers to give their full attention to the road. They should also obey traffic laws and slow down when traveling through energy-producing communities."
In partnership with the oil and gas industry, law enforcement and local communities, TxDOT’s "Be Safe. Drive Smart." campaign aims to reduce crashes and fatalities in the Barnett Shale region.
The campaign urges drivers to take the following basic safety advice to reduce the risk of a crash:
- Always buckle up.
- Pay attention. (No talking or texting)
- Give trucks space.
- Drive a safe speed.
- Stop for all stop signs and red lights.
- Pass carefully
In 2013, there were 15,679 traffic crashes in the Barnett Shale region that resulted in serious injuries or fatalities. The 578 fatalities resulting from those crashes in the 25-county North Texas region represent an increase of 9 percent over the previous year. According to law enforcement, the leading causes of crashes in the region were failure to control speed and driver inattention.
For media inquiries, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-8700.