Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported more than 4,480 deaths in 2021. That means there have been more traffic fatalities in 2021 than any year since 1981. Data shows 4,701 recorded fatalities in 1981 – making 2021 the second deadliest year for Texas motorists.
TxDOT has been tracking traffic fatalities since 1940. In data analysis from a nationwide trend, the total number of fatalities for 2021 is up by 15 percent over 2020. According to TxDOT, an estimated 20,160 traffic fatalities took place across the U.S. in the first half of 2021 – up 18.4 percent over the same time period in 2020.
In 2020, there were 15.17 traffic deaths statewide for every 100,000 residents.
However, TxDOT points the blame at human behavior for these trending numbers. In 2021, 1,522 people were killed due to speeding. 1,219 people died from not wearing a seat belt. Altogether, that’s 2,741 lives that would still be here if the motorists and passengers made more responsible decisions.
TxDOT mentioned to KXAN that in addition to funding traffic safety campaigns and grants for law enforcement, the agency is working with researchers to study and develop new road design features that prove to save lives. TxDOT is also using crash data to focus on areas with a higher frequency of wrecks.
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