The Texas Department of Transportation reported a sharp decrease in highway traffic fatalities because of road improvements and public safety campaigns.
There were 388 fewer deaths on state highways last year — down 11 percent from 2008.
While motorists may not like the growing number of orange cones and signs populating roadways, according to TxDOT, making safety improvements may prevent traffic accidents.
In the 17-county Lubbock district, TxDOT widened the majority of the narrow two-lane roads, installed rumble strips along 193 miles of highway, installed advance warning lights at railroad crossings and rural intersections and fixed signs.
Some of the department's successful safety initiatives were the Click It or Ticket and Drink, Drive, Go to Jail campaigns.
The Click It or Ticket campaign set a new record of 93.8 percent usage of seatbelts statewide for 2010.