Almost 6,000 pedestrian-related traffic accidents occurred in 2019, resulting in a 5% increase in the number of fatalities compared to 2018.
TEXAS, United States – More than 3,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes between 2015 and 2019, despite TxDOT spending $ 153 million on sidewalk and curb improvements. With one in five deaths involving a pedestrian, TxDOT is asking drivers to be careful of each other through its âBe Safe. Drive smart â.
âFrom 2015 to 2019, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 3,150 pedestrians,â said James Bass, executive director of TxDOT. âTo achieve our goal of zero fatalities on Texas roads, we need all drivers to obey the rules of the road, stay alert and take responsibility for monitoring pedestrians, and that pedestrians follow safety advice.â
Local law enforcement reports show that the two leading causes of pedestrian deaths are pedestrians who violate crossing laws and get hit, and motorists who do not give priority to pedestrians or who are distracted at crosswalks.
TxDOT says meeting its goal of zero fatalities on Lone Star roads starts with just following the rules. For drivers, this means yielding and yielding to pedestrians, stopping at crosswalks and obeying the posted speed limit.
For pedestrians, only cross the street at designated waypoints at intersections, look left, then right, then left again before crossing, and don’t assume that drivers will stop for you. When you walk, use the sidewalk. Otherwise, walk on the left side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
Finally, it is very important for drivers and pedestrians to simply hang up the phone. Whether on foot or in a car, the use of electronic devices is a major problem on Texas roads as they take your eyes off the road, cars and traffic around you.
“Be Safe. Drive Smart” is part of TxDOT’s larger #EndTheStreakTX safety campaign, using social media and word of mouth to encourage drivers to adopt safer driving habits to end the streak daily fatalities on the roads of Texas dating back to November 2000.