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TxDOT launches Safe Phone Zones at rest areas

Posted Dec. 9, 2016

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Safe Phone Zones provide drivers with safe, convenient places to use their communication devices, helping to reduce the distracted driving epidemic.

The Texas Department of Transportation has implemented Safe Phone Zones at 55 safety rest areas and travel information centers across the state.

Sponsorship funds pay for free Wi-Fi service for travelers at high-traffic rest areas, while highway signs encourage safer driving habits by reminding motorists to use their mobile devices only while stopped at the facilities.

“With more than 100,000 crashes in Texas each year involving distracted driving, we hope to curb this deadly habit by encouraging drivers to pull over at TxDOT safety rest areas and travel information centers to use apps, check email and surf the web in a safe location,” said Mark Marek, TxDOT’s director of engineering and safety operations.

TxDOT has 80 safety rest areas and 12 travel information centers placed strategically throughout the state. Free Wi-Fi service is available at 22 rest areas with more available in the coming months.

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