Texas has not had a death-free day on its roads in 19 years. Houston, state transportation officials seek to end the streak
Standing in a steady rain in front of a field of 3,647 Texas flags outside Houston City Hall Thursday morning,Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan paused, needing a moment to move on.
Each flag, staked there by the Texas Department of Transportation, represented a father or daughter, spouse or friend killed on state roadways last year.
“They die silently and violently,” Ryan said, noting the numbness many drivers have to Texas leading the country in fatalities.