New report: Texas road safety regulations are lagging
The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety recently released its annual report detailing the state of the nation’s highway safety laws. Within the text of the “Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws,” each state is ranked according to its performance related to 15 auto and highway safety regulations. The report is used to inform future safety regulatory reform at the state level and is also used to inform federal regulators who funnel necessary highway safety funds to the states. Texas did not fare well in this year’s report.
Certain auto safety laws are necessary to prevent auto accidents, while others aim to decrease the amount of devastation caused by accidents that do occur. Texas has performed poorly enough in the 15 categories detailed by the report that it ranks among the lowest dozen states in the union with regards to road safety.
According to the report, at least one individual has died on Texas roads every single day since November of 2000. Texans suffer casualties, injuries and property damage at staggering rates due to auto accidents annually. If Texas legislators increasingly warm to reforming some of the state’s driving laws, this destruction will almost certainly decrease in scope.
Of the 15 basic safety laws that the Advocates grade states’ performance on, Texas has failed to enact eight of them. Among the regulations that Texas lacks are a texting while driving ban and more stringent drunk driving laws. Given the lives that are at stake due to these missing laws, their implementation is certainly worth considering.