South Texas sees increase in distracted driving crashes, deaths
Traffic crashes due to distracted driving increased by 16% from 2020 to 2021 in TxDOT’s Pharr district. 2021 saw 2,450 crashes involving distracted driving, 20 deaths and 68 serious injuries. In the state of Texas alone there were a total of 93,497 crashes related to distracted driving which resulted in a total of 431 deaths and 2,932 serious injuries. The data shows a 16% increase in statewide crashes involving distracted driving and a 17% increase in fatalities. Eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and mind off driving are some of the top contributors to distracted driving.myrgv.com
Having ‘The Talk’: When Should Aging Parents Stop Driving?
According to statistics from the national highway traffic safety administration, there are more than 30 million senior drivers in the U.S. Many adult children worry about their aging parent’s safety and the safety of others. But talking to a parent about driving can be emotional.
Winter wonderland creates dangerous road conditions for San Antonio drivers
SAN ANTONIO – The Alamo City transformed into a winter wonderland on Monday after snow and ice blanketed highways and city streets overnight. On Sunday night, however, slick road conditions intensified as 3.7 inches of snow fell, leaving many roads throughout San Antonio impassable. Lopez said some 40 trucks were spraying brine and chat rock on highways following plows Monday. The city of San Antonio sent KSAT the following statement:“Public Works is monitoring roads following the rare winter conditions and snow accumulation. You can get the very latest forecast anytime by bookmarking our weather page and downloading the KSAT Weather Authority App - available for both Apple and Android devices.
Mechanic offers drivers cold weather tips as temperatures drop
SAN ANTONIO – Drivers, taking care of yourselves during severe wintry conditions also means taking care of your vehicle. That’s advice from San Antonio mechanics, who are offering tips to keep you moving safely if you have to be out in the below-freezing temperatures we’re expecting this weekend. When it comes to making sure your vehicle is winter-ready, Rodrigo Gonzaga, with O’Briens Automotive, says five major things need to be checked. “It’s important for your cooling to be in a good, good state of health,” Gonzaga said. Gonzaga says to make sure your tires have the right amount of pressure and good tread for the best chance at traction on slick roads.
Don’t be a sad statistic of ‘Drinksgiving’
The night before Thanksgiving has slowly turned into something some law enforcement agencies are calling ‘Drinksgiving”. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the night before Thanksgiving is becoming even more deadly than New Year’s Eve. The NHTSA says one reason for the increase is because some bars and restaurants offer Blackout Wednesday drink specials. Along with being responsible with alcohol, Texas Department of Public Safety officials say to eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. You also need to move over or slow down for police, fire, ems, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks that are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.