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Road deaths rise in Houston region, despite new efforts to end fatalities

Government officials in the Greater Houston area have recently stepped up their efforts to reduce car-related deaths. Although, their efforts appeared to have not made a difference as car accident fatalities have risen from 2018 to 2019. One of the main causes of these accidents is drunk or impaired driving. While law enforcement has increased their patrol, and sentencing remains harsh, these have not seemed to lower the fatality numbers. Officials are asking drivers to be more careful, and still anticipate a 15% reduction in accident fatalities in 2020.

Key Takeaways:

  • Data shows that Houston local police have responded to 602 fatalities as of December of 2019.
  • As bad as the numbers clearly are, they are better than the 2016 numbers, which were a total logging of 722 fatalities.
  • The Houston Chronicle investigated the perilous state of Houston roads in 2018, resulting in the institution of a regional task force.

“The number of lives lost on roads and highways appears likely to exceed the number of deaths from 2018 in Greater Houston, made up of Harris and the seven adjacent counties, even as local police, prosecutors and transportation officials have taken new steps to address the causes contributing to the high body count.”

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