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Rowlett police remind motorists of importance in obeying speed limits to prevent traffic crashes
From Staff report
According to The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were 3,015 lives lost across Texas due to motor vehicle related crashes during 2011. There were also 79,573 serious injuries sustained by individuals as a result of crashes that same year.
Speed, according to TxDOT, was a factor in 1,059 of the 3,015 persons killed in motor vehicle-related crashes in 2011. This accounts for about 35 percent of all persons killed in traffic crashes. Speed was also a contributing factor in 19,013 of the 79,573 persons seriously injured as a result of traffic accidents. This accounts for about 24 percent of all persons seriously injured in motor vehicle-related crashes.
TxDOT considers a crash to be speed-related if the driver was charged with a speed-related offense, or if the responding officer indicates that the driver was driving too fast for conditions at the time or was exceeding the posted speed limit.
Speeding greatly reduces a driver's ability to slow a vehicle when necessary or to steer around an unexpected curve, another vehicle or hazardous object in the roadway. In school zones or neighborhoods, that can include a child or an animal running across the road.
According to TxDOT, there were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2011.
"Too many lives are lost and families are affected each year in motor vehicle traffic crashes," said Sgt. Michael Godfrey of the Rowlett Police Department Traffic Unit. "Speed limits exist for a purpose, and when drivers obey and follow the posted speed limits, they are doing their part to protect themselves and others. Please remember that you can help prevent traffic accidents by controlling your speed and being mindful of the consequences of speeding."
For information, visit http://www.txdot.gov/
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