PERMIAN BASIN - With all the crashes in the Basin, many are wondering what the statistics look like.
We're taking a closer look at the safety numbers that were just released from the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance. What we do know is that with the increase of traffic comes the greater risk of you getting into a crash and more people are dying in car crashes.
According to the report, there were 93 deaths in 2010, 100 in 2011 and 147 in 2012 because of car crashes. Between those three years, fatalities went up 58% in the TxDOT Odessa District, which covers 12 counties.
The report also included the number of crashes in our area. There were 6,201 crashes in 2010, 7,386 in 2011 and 8,695 in 2012. A bulk of them were in Midland and Ector counties. MOTRAN says between those years crashes went up 40%.
According to MOTRAN's website, drivers in the Permian Basin are 2.5 times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes. It's because drivers fail to control their speed and are distracted while they're driving. They're suggest driving defensively is paramount.