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Distracted Driving Awareness campaign coming to Midland

 
 

 

Description: Texas Department of Transportation (R)

 

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

ODESSA DISTRICT
Gene Powell
(O)
 (432) 498-4746
(C) (432) 296-9388

gene.powell@txdot.gov

 

 
   

 

 

 

1 IN 5 CRASHES STILL INVOLVE A DISTRACTED DRIVER EVEN AS THE RECENT STATE TEXTING AND DRIVING BAN MAY BE IMPROVING SAFETY

TxDOT is launching the “Heads Up, Texas” to educate Texans on dangers of distracted driving

 

 


June 24, 2019     

    

WHEN:

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 26

WHERE:                      

Midland Library at the Plaza (Downtown)

301 W Missouri Ave

Midland, TX 79701

 

MEDIA:

 

After a statewide law banning texting and driving took effect in 2017, there has been a drop in distracted driving crashes. However, distracted driving continues to be a problem and TxDOT’s “Heads up, Texas” statewide campaign returns to highlight its dangers, including touring a distracted driving virtual reality experience in collaboration with AT&T It Can WaitIt Can Wait’s impactful VR video features distracted driving scenarios and victim stories, and will be accompanied by two all-new “Heads up, Texas” interactive displays.

ODESSA — According to recent data, the number of crashes involving distracted driving in Texas decreased by 6% when comparing the 12-month periods before and after the statewide texting-while-driving ban took effect on Sept. 1, 2017. As distracted driving continues to be a problem, TxDOT is collaborating with AT&T It Can Wait to bring a virtual reality distracted driving experience to 12 high-priority cities in June.

The “Heads up, Texas” Distracted Driving campaign is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader grassroots effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel. Since November 8, 2000, at least one person has died on Texas roadways every single day. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths on our roadways.

For more information contact gene.powell@txdot.gov or call (432) 498-4746. For all media inquiries related to AT&T It Can Wait, please contact Charles Bassett, charles.bassett@att.com, (214) 649-6973.

The TxDOT information contained in this report represents reportable data collected from the Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report (CR-3). This information was received and processed by the department as of February 27, 2019.

 

 

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