FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2005
As another joyous season is upon us, I want to remind everyone, myself included, to drive at safer speeds. The population of South Texas has grown dramatically, and with more cars on the road and people rushing to get to work, to shop and to visit family, we see more and more accidents.
One of the primary causes of automobile accidents is speeding. For this reason, I recently unveiled my "Slow Down And Live" campaign, in which I urge motorists in my Senatorial District 27 that includes Cameron, Hidalgo, Kenedy, Kleberg and Willacy counties to ease off the pedal, especially during the holiday season, so that we minimize the risk of an automobile accident.
I want to thank the City of Harlingen and local law enforcement officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, our police departments for supporting this campaign. These fine men and women perform a wonderful job in keeping us safe on our streets, county roads and highways. But they cannot do this without our cooperation. I handed out bumper stickers at the press conference I held as simple reminders to slow down on the road.
All of us, at one time or another, are guilty of going faster than the posted speed limit signs. For this reason, our law enforcement entities joined me in my effort to get people to drive if not slower, at least at the speed limit. Many of us will be traveling this holiday season, and keeping at a safe speed will help ensure that we reach our loved ones.
The way we drive is based on habit, but we don't need to wait until New Year's to change a habit of driving too fast. Unfortunately, we are all bombarded with commercials depicting fast cars as the ultimate purchase. The faster the automobile, the more desirable we think it is. Such advertising is especially dangerous for our younger drivers who are less experienced. They think it is "cool" to drive fast, but that often results in tragedy or serious injury.
This holiday season and throughout the new year, please join me in slowing down behind the wheel and saving our own, and perhaps other, lives. My family and I extend a joyous holiday season to all South Texans.
As always, if you have any input or questions regarding these or other matters, please do not hesitate to contact my Doris Sanchez, my press secretary, 512-463-0385.