AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Department of Transportation is launching its Talk, Text, Crash summer campaign to reduce distracted driving in Texas.
The campaign brings together corporate executives, small business owners and state officials at a Distracted Driving Summit to consider solutions for reducing distracted driving.
TxDOT says distracted driving caused more than 95,000 crashes in Texas last year. The agency says distracted driving causes the majority of crashes involving drivers between the ages of 16 and 24, as well as drivers over the age of 44. TxDOT says 505 people were killed last year in distracted driving related crashes in Texas, and nearly 20,000 were seriously injured.
TxDOT says research reveals that drivers who use a cell phone are four times more likely to get injured in a crash. Almost half of Texas drivers use cell phones behind the wheel, and nearly 25 percent of drivers read or send text messages while driving.
The Distracted Driving Summit takes place Tuesday at the Circuit of the Americas.