POSTED: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 4:35pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 4:38pm
Tyler -- Fewer Texans are falling victim to fatal traffic accidents. A new reports shows deaths on the road are down 11 percent for the state but, in several east Texas counties fatal crashes are up, officials say, significantly.
The national highway traffic safety administration attributes the decline statewide to safer vehicles, safer roads and drivers being on the road less but, that's not happening in some parts of east Texas.
While traffic fatalities are down 11 percent on a state average, east Texas averages are all over the map but, there's a bit more troubling information for some parts of east Texas.
Fatalities spiked in Wood, Anderson, and Smith counties. Wood county more than doubled their traffic deaths in one year, Anderson saw their own increase, but here in Smith county, we've jumped nearly 10 percent.
Troopers say the east Texas hills could be a factor, and the amount of farm to market roads people use in our area ... FM roads tend to be two-way roads with no shoulder to help drivers but, those factors didn't affect Gregg, Van Zandt, Henderson and Cherokee counties. They all saw decreases in traffic fatalities. Gregg country saw the largest one year drop as their numbers fell 53 percent. Officials also cite public safety campaigns about seat belt usage, drunk driving and distracted driving to the decline.