March 5, 2012
After successfully reducing the number of car accidents throughout the city, the Austin Metro Police Department is now shifting some of its resources toward keeping the city’s pedestrians safer. Reports from KXAN News indicate that some of the Metro Police Department’s saturation patrols are being reassigned to areas with the highest number of auto-pedestrian accidents.
Yesterday, officers patrolling the area of Riverside and Pleasant Valley Drive and were able to cite 26 pedestrians and motorists in less than three hours. Officers said tickets issued were for violations ranging from jaywalking to not yielding the right of way.
Officers say they will continue the effort by analyzing crash data on a weekly basis to determine how and where to shift their presence. A spokesman for the Austin Metro Police Department, Sgt. Mike Fitzgerald, added that the department would also use a motorcycle unit for these efforts.
The number of pedestrian and cycle accident fatalities this year have Austin on track to be named one of the most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrians. Data shows that of the 14 accident fatalities in the city in 2012 alone, eight were pedestrians or cyclists.
The Austin Auto Accident Attorneys with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians to keep one another safe by always looking twice at intersections and making yourself visible by using lights and turn signals.