Last Tuesday, a yearly report from advocators of Highway and Auto Safety was released which stated that Texas, also known as the Lone Star Republic is ranked as one of the worst states promulgating laws for highway safety.

The report was contained in The State Highway Laws for Safety Roadmap which evaluated 50 U.S.A states including DC based on their implementation of 15 safety basic traffic laws. Although Texas was the first state who endorsed the 85 mph speed limit last year, regretfully it sank at the bottom of the list.

Data from Texas DOT revealed that the last time Texas didn’t have any road fatality in a day was way back November 7 of 2000. It appeared that Texas lawmakers were slow to adopt safety measures recommended by the national safety group to alleviate road safety and minimize road fatalities.

President Jan Withers of a national group called Mothers against Drunk Driving said that now more than ever with the rising incidence of traffic accidents and death, they are calling on legislators of every state to work on measures that will decrease and get rid of DUI from all roads.

The abrupt 7% increase of traffic fatalities within the first nine months of 2012 comparable to the same period in 2011 is a discouraging situation.

The report recommended new incentives by granting federal programs that motivate states to enact laws on distracted driving; laws for ignition interlock and licensing laws affecting teen-age drivers,. Some laws evaluated among 15 highway safety measures included the use of booster & seat belts; motorcycle helmet measures; restrictions & requirements for teen drivers, texting ban and more difficult driving laws for the impaired. Out of the 15 recommended laws, Texas lacks eight of them.

After reviewing safety measures, evaluators discovered that there is need for additional 315 new laws to be adopted. There are also15 states who have not adopted the law banning drivers from texting.

Majority of the states have adopted passage of such laws including Alabama, Idaho and West Virginia who recently passed an all driver texting ban.

Bob Kaufman, a Texas DOT spokesperson, Bob Kaufman said that Texas reacted favorably to the report and conducted a campaign prioritizing safety driving, such as Click it or Ticket campaign. He said that the campaign increased the use of seat belt from74% to 94%. Furthermore, the campaign included better behavior of drunken drivers, adoption of motor cycle safety and safety for child passengers.

Kaufmann said that safety is not only on the part of the state but the key remains on the hands of the driver. Drivers are encourages to adhere to basic driving tips as buckle seat belts; drive to conditions, never drink & drive; obey all traffic rules, pay attention and put the phone away.

A traffic accident which happened in Houston last December 10, 2012, showed the need for better measures to insure safety on the road.

HOUSTON – A student of Texas A&M University met an untimely death last Wednesday when her vehicle crashed while she was texting while driving.

The mishap occurred Wednesday at 3:00 o’clock in the morning within the County Line of Walker-Grimers. The student was identified as 19-years-old Chandler Renee Small. She died at the scene from serious injuries.

DPS investigators reported that Small was traveling along Highway 30 at high speed and missed a turn in the road. As the speed was high, her vehicle swerved from the road and crashed on a culvert. The car was airborne and landed on its roof. The gruesome incident was seen by an enforcement officer who was stationed along the road.

DPS officials who were first on the scene surmised that Small must have been texting and so she was not able give attention to her driving.

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Source: Chron Com News
(http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/National-road-safety-report-shows-Texas-lacks-key-4195725.php)

Source: CBS Local Com
(http://houston.cbslocal.com/2012/12/19/texas-am-student-killed-in-texting-and-driving-accident/)