Officials remind Texans to drive smart

Texas Department of Transportation officials kicked off its "Be Smart, Drive Smart" campaign in Victoria on Tuesday. The campaign reminds drivers to slow down, stay alert and obey traffic signs to protect themselves and roadside workers. Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies, Victoria Police Department officers, Department of Public Safety troopers joined the workers in parking lot at DeTar Hospital Navarro to address ways to be safe during and after National Work Zone Awareness Week, which runs through Friday. According to a news release, since 1938, Texas Department of Transportation has lost 103 employees to a third-party vehicle crash on or near a roadway. Last year, 17,266 work zone crashes resulted in 3,522 serious injuries and 115 fatalities. "We do everything in our power to make work zones as safe as possible, but ultimately each driver must be responsible for his or her safety and the safety of others," said John Barton, Texas Department of Transportation deputy executive director. "If you don't give work zones your undivided attention, you could face increased fines and potential injury or death." Photo contributed by Texas Department of Transportation