AUSTIN – TxDOT launched Talk, Text, Crash Summer Campaign today in Austin.
The Talk, Text, Crash campaign seeks to warn motorists about the dangers of distracted driving and urge them to avoid multi-tasking or engaging in non-driving related activities when they are behind the wheel.
Distracted driving-related crashes in Texas are highest among young adults ages 16 to 24, followed by adults over the age of 44.
Last year in Texas, 505 people died and 19,981 people seriously injured in distracted driving crashes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that employers in Texas spend $4.3 billion every year because of on- and off-the-job traffic crashes that can result in medical claims, absences and lost productivity.
Distractions can include:
Eating and drinking
Programming a navigation system
Adjusting a radio, CD player or other audio device