Where accidents happen in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/21/10

Where accidents happen in Lubbock and a growing problem that causes them

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - All four of the intersections that had the most wrecks last year in Lubbock are along South Loop 289.  South Loop 289 and Slide lead the list with 139 wrecks.  South Loop 289 and Quaker, South Loop 289 and University, South Loop 289 and Indiana, and 34th Street and Slide also made the top five.

The 2009 Collision Study lists all the usual suspects for what caused the wrecks including high traffic volume, construction, and weather.  However, it also added the fairly new phenomenon of texting while driving. "There's always something that could get in your way while you're looking down trying to type out a sentence," said Lt. Neal Barron with the Lubbock Police Department. 

On the South Plains, many have seen how tragic the result of texting while driving can be after Seagraves High School Senior, Alex Brown, died in a texting while driving accident last year.

A report by the National Safety Council found texting while driving leads to about 200,000 crashes a year. Police say it's a dangerous distraction because the driver actually has to take their eyes off the road. "The driver should be concentrating on the roadway instead of typing a sentence," said Barron. 

KCBD NewsChannel 11 wanted to see how big the problem really is, so we took a camera to the accident prone intersection of South Loop 289 and Slide Road. In an hour we saw four people texting while driving. 

The State of Texas has passed laws about using cell phones in school zones, but the legislature has not banned texting on most streets. Lubbock police say a law might help, but the best protection is personal responsibility. "Just some common sense and using some self discipline and just not texting while driving," said Barron.

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