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While public awareness campaigns and stronger laws concerning highway traffic safety do work, there is still a long way to go before roads and highways in the U.S. are free from accidents caused by texting, speeding, drunk-driving and the like. (Photo: Shutterstock) While public awareness campaigns and stronger laws concerning highway traffic safety do work, there is still a long way to go before roads and highways in the U.S. are free from accidents caused by texting, speeding, drunk-driving and the like. (Photo: Shutterstock)

After seven straight years of increases, the number of traffic fatalities in Texas decreased in 2018, the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) reports. Traffic fatalities in Texas had risen 34% since 2010 before finally declining last year.

Despite the decline in auto fatalities in 2018, the number of fatalities is still 25% higher than 2010 levels. Traffic fatalities dropped 4% to 3,567 last year from 3,720 in 2017. The number of fatal auto pedestrians also dropped by 12%: 597 pedestrians were killed on Texas highways last year after reaching a high of 676 fatal auto pedestrian accidents in 2016.

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at [email protected]

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