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TxDOT: At least one person has died on a Texas roadway every day for 18 years

Wednesday marks the 18-year anniversary of the last time Texas went without a death on a roadway. (CBS Austin)

Wednesday marks the 18-year anniversary of the last time Texas went without a death on a roadway.

There has been at least one death since Nov. 7, 2000. More than 66,000 people died in that time in roadway crashes.

TxDOT turns up the efforts each year with its 'end the streak' campaign to try and go without a death for a single day.

"It's heartbreaking to know that every day for the past 18 years someone has lost a spouse, child, friend or neighbor on our state's roadways," said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. "Ending this deadly daily streak is a shared responsibility. We will continue to engineer our roads to be more forgiving of drivers' errors, but we all must work toward ending such preventable contributing factors as distracted driving, speeding and drunk driving. Let's make it a priority to be safe, focused and responsible behind the wheel. Let's end the streak."

TxDOT said the leading causes of fatalities continue to be failure to stay in one lane, alcohol and speed. They want to remind everyone to buckle up, pay attention on the roadway and never drink and drive.


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