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Distracted driving continues to claim lives

Despite efforts to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving and to crack down on this sort of behavior, this bad habit continues to cause tragic deaths on the highways in an around Houston. In an analysis of 2017 statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that over 3,100 people died in car accidents in which at least one driver was distracted. On a related point, the NHTSA also estimated that 9% of all fatal accidents in 2017 were due to some sort of distracted driving. In raw numbers, this translated to 2,935 separate deadly crashes which involved at least one distracted driver.

Woman dies in Houston-area accident

A young Houston woman, who was only 21-years-old, died after a major accident at a local intersection. According to reports, law enforcement officials put responsibility for the collision on a 29-year-old man. The man was also injured in the accident and had to be taken to a nearby hospital. However, police and prosecutors announced that they have filed criminal charges against the man, including charges of vehicular manslaughter.

Number of fatal wrecks involving teens down, but still too high

For 2019, the week of October 20 through October 26 was National Teen Driver Safety Week. The week was a good opportunity for parents in the Houston area to remind their teenagers of safe driving habits. Of course, parents also need to set a good example by driving safely themselves at all times, but particularly when their teens are in the vehicle with them.

Different driver distractions can lead to crashes

There are a lot of habits that Texas drivers could probably recognize are not safe practices when behind the wheel. Although not drunk or drugged driving, these so-called driver fails, that is, failures in good judgment, are all potentially dangerous. In many cases, they lead to serious or even fatal car accidents.

Drunk driving deaths down in Texas, but not by much

The good news is that the rate of drunk driving deaths have declined slightly, by a hair over 2 percent, over the last 15 or so years. In 2000, almost 1,500 people died in drunk driving accidents on the roads of this state. In 2017, the number had dropped to 1,468.

Features meant to prevent distracted driving don't always work

Many residents of the Houston area have probably heard or seen at least one public service announcement warning about the dangers of distracted driving. Indeed, safety advocates and law enforcement officers have made it a priority to reduce the frequency of texting and driving and other distracted behaviors among motorists traveling on the Texas roads.

Houston below average in terms of safe driving

An annual report prepared by a major insurance company ranked Houston as the 158th safest city when it comes to driving, at least for 2019. Although the report is prepared by an insurance company, it has broader ramifications, as at least one major media source used it to identify safe and unsafe cities for drivers.

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