CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—The Texas Department of Transportation came to Katy Saturday urging drivers to buckle up, slow down, get off the phone, and be careful in construction zones.
The Be Safe, Drive Smart Texas roadshow booth was in the parking lot at Buc-ee’s, 27700 Katy Freeway. Those who visited the mobile booth learned:
- Most alcohol-related traffic deaths in Texas happen between 2 and 3 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
- More than half of the alcohol related crashes happen in rural areas of the state.
- Most drowsy driving collisions occur between midnight and 6 a.m. TxDOT urges overnight drivers to take a break every two hours or every 100 miles.
- Speeding and driver inattention in work zones are factors for the high-number of rear-end collisions in work zones.
- Speeding is the top cause of traffic crashes in Texas.
Armando Garcia said he and his TxDOT colleagues have been visiting Buc-ee’s stores and other locations around Texas to call attention to safety issues. The campaign has been ongoing for five years and has recently made stops in Fort Worth, Austin, San Marcos, New Braunfels, and Laredo. On Sunday the campaign visits Buc-ee’s in Baytown.
Visitors to the booth watched videos, took a five-question safety quiz, and played a driving safety-focused version of Jeopardy and safety information was also distributed in orange swag bags.
“Please be careful with speed limits and construction areas,” Garcia said.
Drivers are also reminded to stay off their cell phones. The Texas Legislature passed a law this spring that makes it illegal to use cell phones when driving. How local law enforcement agencies will enforce this new law remains to be worked out. Austin Police have been using motorcycle patrol officers to see if drivers are using mobile phones while operating their vehicles according to Garcia.
For more information, and to see videos promoting the campaign, visit http://www.drivesafetexas.org. Two of the videos are below.