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TxDOT's "Talk, Text, Crash" campaign warns motorists of the dangers of being distracted behind the wheel.

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"Accidents involving distracted driving are preventable." says Garry Parker, LEL at the Rio Grande Valley "Talk, Text, Crash" event held by the Texas Department of Transportation.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and TxDOT is continuing our Talk/Text CRASH campaign to raise awareness of the dangers associated with distracted driving and to encourage Texans to put down their cell phones while driving.

Distracted driving, which includes distraction, driver inattention or cell‐phone use, is becoming increasingly common and dangerous, causing traffic crashes and fatalities. In 2013, there were 94,943 traffic crashes in Texas that involved distracted driving (distraction, driver inattention or cell-phone use). These crashes resulted in 18,576 serious injuries and 459 deaths.  In fact, nearly one in five crashes in Texas involves driver distraction.

Although cell phone use is the most easily recognized distractions, all in-vehicle distractions are unsafe and can cause crashes or fatalities. TxDOT calls on all Texans to focus on the road and wait until arriving at their destinations to conduct non-driving activities.

 

Register your agency for the 2014 Click It or Ticket Incentive Program

 

New 4 hr Distracted Driving Law Enforcement Course

Beginning October 1st, 2013, our Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) program will offer a new free 4 hour TCOLE Distracted Driving - Law Enforcement course. The purpose of this course is to help Law Enforcement Officers understand the risks associated with distracted driving. Law Enforcement Officers will realize the effect it can have while operating emergency vehicles after attending this course. The potentially tragic consequences of distracted driving should heighten their awareness so they can reshape their attitudes/beliefs to adapt a self-disciplined standard of focused attention to safe driving—as well as influencing their peers, friends and families. If  interested, please contact us to schedule a course for your department. Contact information is provided on the flyer below.

We look forward to working with your department!

Click here for the Distracted Driving: Law Enforcement flyer

 

Training Courses

The Law Enforcement Liaison Grant is proud to offer a Law Enforcement Distracted Driving Course. Registration for the courses is ongoing and information on the courses is below.

Distracted Driving Course Information

 

 

Mission Statement

 

The primary mission of the Statewide Distracted Driver Education and Comprehensive Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Support Project is to promote traffic safety throughout the State of Texas. Work in a supportive role with the Texas Department of Transportation and provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies. To deliver education in the area of distracted driving to teens, adults and law enforcement personnel to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities. 

 

 

Traffic Safety Newstories from around Texas

Traffic Safety Newstories from around Texas
 
   
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