Report Says Oil & Gas Boom May Make Texas Roads More DangerousMarch 19, 2013
According to an article featured in the Houston Chronicle, a Texas Department of Transportation (“TxDot”) report covering the last year analyzed 23 Texas counties which are prominent in the recent oil and gas boom. Reportedly, the region has had 248 traffic fatalities, which are up from 177 in 2011. Further, about two-thirds of those involved in accidents were men. According to the study, the most dangerous times of day were between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
According to the article, fatal traffic accidents increased 40 percent in the Eagle Ford Shale region from last year, with preliminary data showing that the oil and gas boom has made Texas roads more dangerous. The number of crashes in which people suffered both serious and fatal injuries also rose, but by just 1.9 percent- from 2,673 such crashes in 2011 to 2,723 last year.
Officials believe the numbers can be explained by the fact that there are more cars driving on smaller roads. According to the article, roads that once carried 200 vehicles per day now have 2,400 vehicles traveling on them; many of those weigh 80,000 pounds or more.
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