This weekend will mark 21 years that not a day has passed without someone being killed on a road in Texas.
This year, that number has surpassed 3,200. And while the pandemic has reduced the number of cars on the road, the problem has grown with an average of 11 people dying every day.
These are people who were someone’s wife, mother, friend, child, or husband, like 35-year-old Garry McGee.
“She found someone she thought she was going to spend the rest of her life with and she woke up today in a completely different reality,” McGee’s sister-in-law Heather Southerland told About his widow.
McGee, a tow truck driver, was killed by an accused drunk driver in August.
Just this week, two women, Elvira Fuentes and Marta Rivas, died when their commercial food truck left a soggy Dallas pavement.
“They were very wonderful women, they were dedicated and loving and they will be missed,” said Randy Elledge, co-owner of United Caterers.
And in Carrollton, Rohit Khanna was killed after a 29-year-old man in a stolen car turned on a red light slamming into his.
Khanna’s two friends were taken to intensive care.
“It’s very difficult. Very, very frustrating to even imagine,” said Khanna’s cousin, Shruti Khanna.
TxDOT insists it doesn’t have to be, by launching a social media campaign this week with #endthestreaktx.
“We wanted something that was easy to understand, but also gave them the context to really understand the importance of solving this problem,” said Commissioner Laura Ryan.
The ministry says many accidents are preventable, caused by factors such as speeding, drunk driving or distractions.
Administrators hope the hashtag will encourage drivers to take responsibility on the road by spreading stories of loved ones lost in an accident and terrifying moments like when Royse City Police Officer Michael Bailey’s body camera captured video of an SUV losing control on I-30 and crashing into it.
Fortunately, he survived. But every year, thousands of Texans are not so fortunate.
It’s a Trend TxDOT believes everyone is playing a role in stopping it.
Click here for a downloadable #endthestreaktx sign.