ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Dustin Fawcett stopped by to talk about a very important issue in the basin; proper stops. It’s important to stop for the appropriate amount of time, check for oncoming traffic, and use your blinker to signal which direction you are headed.
In 2019 alone, there were 16 crashes at this particular intersection. I bring this up because:
1) it shows that TXDOT and all of the partners who work on these roads are really working to address major issues
2) it highlights an overall problem we have in the Odessa TXDOT District that 41% of our total crashes are intersection related.
Is 41% a high number?
When you consider that Texas statewide, the percentage of crashes that are intersection related is 36%, yes, that means that we crash more at our intersections than the rest of Texas. This means we certainly have an intersection problem here in the Permian Basin, which is why you will see a huge portion of our funding going towards these major intersections of major highways.
Why is it that you think we have these intersection problems and what can we do about it?
We see a common theme plaguing us out here in the Permian Basin that is the route cause of this.
1) We fail to completely stop at stop signs and properly look both ways, as is the case at this 2 way stop
2) We have a problem with yielding the right of way. All too often we pull out in front of vehicles that are at speed while our own vehicle is trying to accelerate at a much lower speed
3) We have a problem with properly using our signals inside our vehicles. It is Texas law to use our blinkers and all too often we fail to utilize them and let other motorists know what we are doing.
4) This is why we began our STOP MEANS STOP Campaign here at MOTRAN, something we have been harping on for years.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
A lot of what we are telling you is common sense, but sometimes we get so caught up in our lives we almost drive on auto pilot and fail to properly address our surroundings. For more information regarding Permian Basin roadways, visit their website or check them out on Facebook at Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance.