More than a quarter of people living in the Lone Star State have never known a day without a fatal crash on a Texas roadway.
Nov. 7, 2000, was the last deathless day, and the Census Bureau estimates that more 25% of Texans were born after that date.
This grim streak of an average of 10 people a day dying in traffic crashes must end.
The Texas Department of Transportation has pledged millions for safety improvements, but drivers must take responsibility and be more careful on the road.
Many of us will hit the road this holiday season to visit friends and family spread far and wide. All of us on the highways are responsible to do our part.
We urge travelers to think back to the advice fifth-grader Cooper McGough offered the state this February.
His advice is simple:
Watch your speed
Always buckle up
Yield and pray
Never drive drunk
Eliminate distractions while driving
Pay attention, and most importantly in this era, keep your cellphone out of your hand, and you can help make Texas roads a safter place to travel now and in the future.