Distracted and Drunk Driving Continue to Cause Problems Across Texas



In late October, Houston woman died in a car crash that left six others injured.

The Houston Police Department stated that the accident occurred on the Katy Freeway at Washington Avenue around 1:00 a.m. A blue SUV was traveling eastbound on the road when it slammed into the back of a black car. The black car was then forced to the side of the road and into a grass field as the SUV spun around and was then hit head-on by an oncoming vehicle.

KHOU reports that both the male driver and female passenger of the SUV were taken to the hospital where the woman later died.

Houston Police Department is investigating whether or not drugs or alcohol played an influence in the crash.

In Dallas, a few hours after the Houston crash, two more people have died as a result of an intoxicated driver.

In Bexar County, on Loop 1604 near FM 1346, one vehicle veered into oncoming traffic while trying to pass a car and collided with another vehicle head-on. A man and woman in the vehicle that was hit died moments after the accident while the driver of the other vehicle, whom authorities believe was under the influence at the time, suffered minor injuries.

In one of the vehicles — it is unknown at this time which vehicle — there were three children present who were also injured. Of the three children, two were taken by ambulance to the nearby University Hospital. One child in serious condition was flown to the hospital.

Roadway accidents have continued to be an epidemic for Texas. In 2013, there was one reportable crash roughly every 71 seconds. Every two hours and 36 minutes, someone died in an accident. Sadly, there was not one day without a fatal accident in Texas and distracted driving and drunk driving played major roles in these fatalities.

Roughly 460 people died at the hands of distracted drivers and 1,089 people were killed where a driver was intoxicated during the time of the crash.

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