Investigation shows increase in traffic fatalities amid Texas fracking explosion

10/14/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Texas – An investigation by Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle has revealed that there has been a marked increase in the number of traffic accident deaths in Texas linked to a fracking boom in the state. As reported by NPR, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation, over a 50 percent increase in commercial vehicle deaths, and an eight percent increase in traffic deaths has been shown for the years between 2009 and 2013.

As noted in the report, the fracking boom has also increased the demand for drivers and tractor-trailers.

John Esparza, president of the Texas Trucking Association, is quoted as stating of the impact the issue has had on Texas roads, “There is a level of congestion that is rising all over the state, particularly in these areas of smaller counties that involve the oil field and energy exploration, and it’s causing folks that are not accustomed to that type of congestion to make unnecessary risks, and it’s costing lives.”

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