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MOTRAN Explains Main Cause of Traffic Fatalities

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Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

With 33,000 more cars on the road and over one million more miles driven per day within the last year, our roads are getting more crowded by the minute. Any distraction could cost you your life.

This past weekend, three accidents claimed the lives of four people. One happened Saturday on Highway 302 and 8th Street in Ector County, caused by a driver who passed a red light. Both the driver and passenger of the car that ran the light died at the scene. The other two accidents happened Sunday. One on FM 2020 and the other on FM 1788 and Loop 40. Both were caused by drivers veering into traffic going the opposite direction. The drivers who veered in the wrong lanes were pronounced dead at the scene.

James Beauchamp, President of the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance, says 80 percent of roadway fatalities are caused by roadway departures and people not stopping at red lights, stop signs or not yielding the right of way.

Police patrolled one of the busiest intersections in our area at Andrews Highway and Midland Drive. In one hour, they gave out 25 tickets - all to drivers who failed to stop at a red light.

"People get in a hurry. They think, 'Oh, I'll beat the light. Oh I'll be the last one through," Beauchamp said.

According to Beauchamp, roughly 77,000 cars go through that intersection through the course of a day. The most dangerous intersection is in Odessa at Highway 385 and Loop 338.

MOTRAN's Drive Smart "Stop Means Stop" Campaign is focusing on all the factors that cause these accidents, hoping to eliminate them altogether.

Beauchamp also mentioned that the main concern of their whole campaign is that they are encouraging drivers to do what they already should be doing.