The last day Texas went a day without a fatal car crash was the same day voters went to the polls to choose between presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore.
It’s a Texas-size streak, but not one to be proud of.
The calendar has flipped 6,210 times since Texas had a day without a fatal car crash. The last day the state went a day without carnage on the road was Nov. 7, 2000.
In an effort to bring an end to this streak, the Texas Department of Transportation has launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #EndTheStreakTX reminding drivers to take more responsibility behind the wheel.
“It’s heartbreaking to know somebody has lost a spouse, child, friend or neighbor every day for the past 17 years on Texas roadways,” TxDOT Executive Director James Bass said in an email. “According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94 percent of these deadly crashes are due to driver error -- things like distracted driving, speeding and drunk driving. We can stop this deadly streak if every driver makes it a priority to be safe, focused and responsible. Let’s end the streak.”
Officials at the agenda also are asking drivers to change their social media profile pictures to an #EndTheStreakTX image available for download.
Since Nov. 7, 2000, 59,388 people have died on Texas roads. That’s nearly the equivalent of the entire student population in the Arlington school district.