Data from the National Safety Council shows that Texas roads have become more lethal with a 15 percent increase in deaths from 2020 to 2021 and an even larger 25 percent increase in deaths when you compare it to 2019. As more people return to the roads, it’s even more important to practice safe driving.
Pedestrians: Remember to always use the crosswalk. Crossing the street in the middle of the block (without a pedestrian beacon) is illegal, but most of all it’s dangerous. Crosswalks provide you an extra level of protection because drivers expect to see pedestrians at crosswalks, but the same is certainly not always true mid-block. Do not use your electronic device while crossing a street.
As you walk or exercise outside, pay attention to your surroundings and traffic. Stay alert and put phones away, make sure you can hear potential warnings from drivers or cyclists.
Drivers: Stay alert and on the lookout for pedestrians, people riding bikes or scooters and CapMetro vehicles. Please slow down and obey speed limits, respect traffic signs and avoid distractions.
Driving while using an electronic device is against the law. If you need to check a route or make a call, do so before driving or pull over to use your phone. More than 3,000 people every year die nationwide in crashes that involve a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
When you approach railroad crossings, be cautious. Stop, look both ways and listen for a train before crossing. Respect flashing red lights, do not drive around the lowered gate and never stop on the tracks. In the case of an emergency at a railroad crossing, call the number on the blue sign located on the signal.
Remember to also stay alert for buses as they stop for passengers.
Cyclists and scooter riders: Wear a helmet and ride with the flow of traffic. Use bike lanes whenever available and respect traffic signs and signals. Avoid any distractions such as using your phone or listening to music and podcasts. Stay alert for pedestrians and never use a scooter or bike when impaired.