The Texas Department of Transportation in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies will begin its annual “#EndTheStreakTX” campaign. It is set to kickoff beginning Friday, June 24, 2022, and end Saturday, July 10, 2022. Terry County Sheriff Tim Click mentioned the sheriff’s department will receive a $4000.00 grant to help curb costs associated while the deputies work the roads during this time frame.
“We will be working the Lubbock and Seagraves Highways during this period. We won’t be out there the whole time, but you’ll see a difference in our presence on the highway.” Sheriff Click said.
According to TxDOT, the purpose of the #EndTheStreakTX campaign is to get drivers to be more responsible and to be better and safer drivers. #EndTheStreakTX has become a broad social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel, like wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit, never texting and driving and never driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
On Nov. 7, 2000 was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths. Unfortunately there has been an increase in fatalities in Texas last year and it reflects a deadly trend nationwide. An estimated 20,160 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the first half of 2021, up 18.4% over 2020. In Texas, traffic fatalities were up 15 percent from 2020-2021. Also 2021 was second deadliest year on Texas highways and roads.
Sheriff Click added, “Simply put, we just want to see people be safe. Put on your seatbelt, don’t drive reckless, don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and don’t speed. Also beaware of your surroundings. If its raining… slow down. If you come across someone broke down on the side of the highway, use common sense and use caution.