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Texas's disturbing trend in auto fatalities

As Erin Mulvaney reports for the Beaumont Enterprise, the day after Election Day this week marked the 12-year stretch of an ugly trend: since Nov. 7, 2000, not one day has passed when someone hasn't been killed in a car or truck accident in Texas.

The total of deaths since that time is 41,252. This number prompted the Texas Department of Transportation to speak up. "One fatality on a Texas roadway is one too many, and to see as many as eight or 10 in a single day is unacceptable," said executive director Phil Wilson, as Mulvaney reports.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, these are the causes of most accidents:

  • Not wearing a seat belt
  • Drinking and driving
  • Distracted driving (like texting)

Some organizations blame the "independent anti-government intrusion culture," which led to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's rejection of a bill that would have banned texting while driving statewide.

Source: 12 years ago, a deadly trend began on Texas roads

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