Study: Road Debris a Huge Problem

You probably see it just about every day.

That couch, chair, junk, car parts–debris on the road in front of you.

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows debris on the road is to blame for more than 200-thousand crashes over the course of four years.

“You don’t have to drive very far in the Alamo City–or, across the State of Texas for that matter to find debris in the roadway” Doug Shupe with AAA Texas told KTSA News.

The study shows nearly four in ten deaths caused by crashes blamed on debris are the result of drivers swerving to try to get around what they suddenly see in front of them.

Shupe said this can be a particularly dangerous time of year when it comes to debris on the roads.

“Obviously with the warmer temperatures, you do have a lot of tire blowouts” Shupe said, adding “This is the time of year when a lot of people are moving–especially college students.”

While it seems to happen far too often, Shupe said there are penalties on the books in Texas to try to prevent it from happening.

“The offense is a misdemeanor–punishable by a fine of not less than $25–but not more than $500” Shupe said.

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