There has been an increase in oil and gas production in Texas with a lot of the increased activity taking place in the Haynesville/Bossier Shale area. That increased activity also increases the possiblity of traffic crashes and TxDot officials used the Shelby County Square to launch a new campaign entitlled Be Safe, Drive Smart, in order to remind motorists to use extra caution when driving through any energy work zone. TxDOT and Shelby County officials gathered in front of the historic courthouse to talk about the campaign.
Shelby County Judge Rick Campbell reflected on his time as a firefighter in which cell phone texting contributed to major accidents locally. Some of the basic tips TxDot wants you to keep in mind is always buckling up, not driving when drowsy,driving at a safe speed, stopping for all stop signs and traffic lights, passing carefully, paying attention, and never drinking and driving.