Eagle Ford boom brings increased truck traffic
Fatalities rising in boom areas
With the increase in oil finds along the Eagle Ford Shale there and has been an increase in traffic, specifically 18-wheeler traffic. That has caused an increase in accidents and traffic fatalities.
In 2009, there were only five fatalities across 12 Eagle Ford counties.
Last year, that number increased to 18 and there have been 10 already in 2012.
“Many of these counties are not used to seeing the amount of 18-wheelers and truck traffic,” said Trooper Jason Reyes, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
That is why DPS has teamed up with counties and town law enforcement to create a task force with the objective of decreasing those fatalities.
"We are going to go out and look for CMV enforcement violations," Reyes said.
There will be an increase in the number of troopers patrolling the highways as well as more visible local authorities.
Oil companies are also part of the team for road safety.
“We know this oil business is not going anywhere anytime soon,” Reyes said.
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