ODESSA, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - According to our records from DPS and local law enforcement, 21 people have died in 28 days in car crashes.
This makes November the deadliest month so far in 2017.
James Beauchamp, President of Midland Odessa Transportation Alliance said the holidays are the deadliest time of year on the roads and this year has been no exception.
"We hope people will take the time to realize that the holidays are only good if you actually get to be there with your families and will take a little extra time," said Beauchamp, "there's a lot of people that would tell you that there's no such thing as an accident."
Beachamp says a series of mistakes often leads to these deadly crashes, such as, texting, speeding, not paying attention and much more.
"99.7 percent of crashes are preventable, that's why we call them crashes and not accidents, there's a huge difference," said Sgt. Oscar Villarreal, Texas Department Of Public Safety, "give each other some space and come courtesy so we don't have a tragedy where we are knocking on your door, notifying you that a loved one is deceased."
"We always tell people if you can stay between the lines in your lane, then you have improved your chances of getting home by about 50 percent. If you stop for stop lights, stop signs, and yield the right of way at intersections then you've got that number up to about 80 percent," said Beauchamp.
Beauchamp says after a deadly month on the road, hes concerned about December as activity levels continue to rise in the Permian Basin. However even more than December, he is concerned for 2018.
"I would say more then December we are really concerned about 2018 because we continue to see activity levels rise here in the Permian Basin," said Beauchamp, "I'm afraid this next year is going to be tough and I think if people have the chance to make a new years resolution that 2018 is going to be the year that they are going to pay attention to what they are doing behind the wheel of the car."
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