Texas DOT, and the city of Longview board seek reduction in road deaths, injuries

A Longview board is hoping to come up with ways to reduce the number of area traffic fatalities and injuries in the near future.

In 2017, at least 3,700 people died and another 17,546 were seriously injured on state roads, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Twenty-seven of those deaths and 75 of those serious injuries happened in Longview and the surrounding area, while statewide, another 2,100 people were killed or hurt in incidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists or other nonmotorized transportation.

With population growth and more vehicles on the roads, the Texas Department of Transportation estimates annual road fatalities to increase to 4,327 within three years.

State and area leaders hope they can put a dent in the preventable incidents, however.