How to stay safe on dangerous West Texas roads

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The importance of being alert near commercial motor vehicles

ODESSA, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- “I don’t want to have to knock on your door and say ‘hey your loved one’s not coming home,’ don’t be selfish,” says Oscar Villareal with DPS.

As more truck drivers and oil workers fill Permian Roads it’s becoming increasingly dangerous to get from point a to point b.

“Texas has a death on the road every day for the last what almost 19 years now so we’re trying to make sure that our kids are prepared to get out there and be safe,” says Driving Instructor Ned Simmons.

He says it’s important that drivers don’t “expect for the semis to yield to you or move out of your way. Give room slow down and do things earlier than we probably should be doing or that we would have been doing around other vehicles, especially around the semi’s.”

According to DPS the worst thing drivers can do is travel close together. “Don’t stay in that pack because if something happens you’re right in the middle of it it’s better to spread out and give yourself room to avoid that. To be able to see what’s coming up ahead of you.”

Texas legislators taking action and approving an additional $600-million to make Permian Basin roads safer.

“Make our roads safer, it’s going to save lives, and it’s going to help the Permian Basin continue to be the top oil and gas producer in the world, very thankful for this big victory,” says Texas State Representative, Brooks Landgraf.

Don Evans with Permian Strategic Partners, already making a list of roads that need changing.

“Wider roads, we will improve intersections, there will be more overpasses, there will be divided highways instead of undivided highways in a lot of areas.”

In the meantime DPS reminding drivers to always be alert, especially, around large trucks.

“If you do see a large truck in front of you remember they have blind commercial motor vehicles large vehicles if you can’t see their mirrors they can’t see you and remember they make a little big wider turn than most vehicles so just little things like that,” says Villareal.

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April 22 2021 09:00 am