Drive Friendly. Drive Safe.

LIBERTY, June 8, 2015 - Drive Friendly. Drive Safe.Please join the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in keeping Texas roads safe by sharing the road responsibly with pedestrians and bicyclists, exercising caution in work zones and driving at speeds appropriate to road conditions.

Whenever you get in your vehicle, TxDOT wants to remind you to Drive Friendly. Drive Safe. Rising fuel costs and an increase in road maintenance mean that Texas drivers are now sharing the road with even more pedestrians, bicyclists and construction equipment and personnel. But many drivers remain unaware of or choose to ignore traffic laws and the resulting safety issues. These factors, when combined with drivers who exceed the speed limit or don’t pay attention to road conditions, lead to increased vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities that can have devastating consequences for all involved:

In 2012, vehicles on Texas roads struck more than 5,000 pedestrians resulting in 2,962 serious injuries and 481 fatalities
Vehicles also struck more than 2,000 bicycle-riders resulting in 1,450 serious injuries and 56 fatalities
Back-to-school means back-to-traffic, and from 2011 to 2012, we saw over a 13 percent increase in fatalities of pedestrians (13.2%) and over a 19 percent increase in fatalities for cyclists (19.1%)

These tragic statistics are why TxDOT has launched a public awareness campaign using outdoor and newspaper ads, radio PSAs and information cards to urge drivers to be aware of their surroundings and to remind everyone that when you drive friendly and drive safe, you save lives. TxDOT wants all motorists to remember these four important rules of the road:

Watch for pedestrians and don’t block crosswalks with your vehicle
Slow down in work zones and watch for construction detours
Keep an eye out for cyclists and never drive in a bike lane
Adjust your speed to road conditions

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