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The Texas Department of Perspiration says 2021 was the second deadliest year on Texas roads, with 4,480 deaths

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The Texas Department of Perspiration says 2021 was the second deadliest year on Texas roads, with 4,480 deaths.

TxDOT has been tracking deaths on the state’s roads since 1940. The all-time high was 4,701 deaths reported in 1981.

“Since COVID-19, we’ve seen an increase in traffic accidents on our roads,” said TXDOT spokeswoman Emily Roth. “We’re not really sure what’s causing this, so we’re just trying to spread safety news.”

Statistics show that 1,522 deaths were caused by speeding and 1,219 occupants were not wearing seat belts.

“These were human decisions that could potentially have saved 2,741 lives,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan.

EJ Hilton, 33, was not wearing a seat belt when he died in a car accident at 1300 West Loop North on December 3, 2021.

“I was surprised to hear he wasn’t wearing it,” said Hilton’s mother, Helen Hilton-Jones. “He was always buckled.”

Hilton was a truck driver who his mother described as a loving son.

She urges everyone to buckle up when traveling through Texas and beyond.

“Just think of your mom, your wife, your kids that you might be leaving behind because you didn’t just buckle up,” Hilton-Jones said.

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