Each year in Texas, there are approximately 15,000 crashes and more than 100 people killed in highway construction and maintenance zones. Motorists traveling through work zones make up the majority of fatalities. The two leading causes of work zone crashes are failure to control speed and driver inattention.

 

TOP FIVE TIPS 

  1. Slow down and follow posted work zone signs, such as speed limits and detours. Fines for moving violations in work zones can be as high as $400 if workers are present.
  2. Be aware of surroundings. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
  3. Be patient. Delays can be frustrating, but for everyone’s safety, slow down.
  4. Plan ahead. Leave a few minutes early or take an alternate route in order to reach your destination on time.
  5. Drive now, talk later. It is unlawful to use cell phones while driving in El Paso County, especially in work zones. Traffic fines double in work zones.

 

 

TxDOT’s annual “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign reminds drivers:  

- Turn off your mobile device or put it out of reach when behind the wheel.  

- Pull over to a safe location if you must talk or text.  

- Use an app that will block texts and calls when you’re driving.  

- Tell friends, family, and colleagues you won’t respond to calls or texts while driving.  

- Remember that all distractions, even eating, grooming or talking to your passengers, can be dangerous. Always pay full attention when behind the wheel.

                  Source: http://www.txdot.gov/driver/share-road/distracted.html 

 

ARE YOU DRIVING AN OVERSIZED LOAD?

Vehicles and loads that exceed legal size or weight limits need an oversize/overweight permit and route from the TxDMV to travel on Texas roads. Go to http://txdmv.gov/motor-carriers/oversize-overweight-permits.