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Nearly Half Of All Texas Traffic Deaths Come From Energy Producing Areas

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Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and gas production, but communities in the state’s main energy production areas have also seen a rise in deaths on the road. 

In fact, energy producing regions, like much of the Panhandle, account for close to half of all traffic fatalities in Texas. 

According to a recent press release from the Texas Department of Transportation, almost 1,700 people died last year — and more than 6,000 were seriously injured — in crashes in energy-rich areas such as the Permian Basin, Barnett ShaleEagle Ford Shale and Granite Wash.

In 2018 alone, almost 9,000 traffic crashes occurred in the 26-county Granite Wash region, which includes Amarillo.

Those crashes resulted in 86 fatalities and 324 serious injuries. That was a 4 percent increase in the number of accidents, over the year before.

TXDoT encourages all Texas drivers to:

  • Always buckle up — drivers and all passengers, day and night.
  • Drive a safe speed that takes into account the amount of traffic, road conditions, and weather.
  • Focus 100 percent on driving and put your phone away: no talking or texting when you’re behind the wheel.
  • Give large trucks plenty of space, be patient, and pass only when it’s safe and legal to do so.
  • Obey stop signs and traffic signals.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.