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October 2014 Archives

2 dead after head-on crash in Texas

Two people were killed and three critically injured in a wrong-way crash in Texas on Oct. 13. An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, and police do not believe alcohol was involved. According to reports, an investigation into whether the driver experienced a medical event prior to the accident is pending.

Texas rear-end collision injured 4

On the morning of Oct. 9, according to a Texas DPS press release, the 43-year-old driver of a Cadillac stopped at a flagman in a construction zone on Highway 277 between Duff Road and Christoval, and the 54-year-old driver of a Volkswagen crashed into the back of his car. The Cadillac spun counterclockwise and into a ditch on the west side of the road, and the Volkswagen spun clockwise into the northbound lane before stopping facing north.

2014 efforts to curb distracted driving in Texas

Statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation reveal that distracted driving causes thousands of accidents every year in the state. In 2012, more than 90,000 crashes involved a diver being distracted. One of the common devices cited in these accidents is the cell phone. Polling revealed a seeming contradiction in 2012 with nearly 85 percent of drivers reporting that talking on a mobile phone while driving was dangerous even as half of respondents admitted to using it while driving. A study by the Texas Transportation Institute later found that 10 percent of drivers are talking on cell phones while driving at any point during the day.