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TALK. TEXT. CRASH.

Lately, we've seen lots of car accidents around the Basin and some come as a result of distracted driving.
ODESSA, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- Lately, we've seen lots of car accidents around the Basin, and some come as a result of distracted driving. The Texas Department of Transportation looks to bring awareness to drivers.

You'll see people reading the newspaper, men and women combing their hair, you'll see people brushing their teeth," said Representative Tom Craddick.

Distracted drivers, you see them doing everything but keeping their eyes on the road.

"When you have 505 people across the state die because of distracted driving, there's obviously a lot of work we need to do to stop that kind of thing," said TxDot Public Information Officer Gene Powell.

Work it is. TxDot launches their new statewide campaign, Talk. Text. Crash.

"It's designed just to remind people of the dangers of either talking on your phone or texting on your phone while you're behind the wheel of a vehicle," said Powell.

"It's gone sky high, the number of deaths," said Craddick.

Representative Tom Craddick tells me roads aren't safe with fingers tapping the screen.

"You and I when we go get in our car we ought to have a safe road to drive on," said Craddick.

That's why he consistently presses for a texting and driving ban in the state.
He told me he met one man who's vote he knows he can count on.

"He said, my best friend's daughter pulled out of their ranch road this weekend and was killed because she was texting," said Craddick.

One of 505 deaths that may have been prevented by a simple phrase, Talk. Text. Crash.
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