With spring just around the corner, the Texas Department of Transportation has important reminders for both drivers and pedestrians.
Simple “Watch out for each other!”
In Amarillo in 2019, there were 48 traffic crashes involving pedestrians, resulting in 6 fatalities and 17 serious injuries.
In 2019 alone, 5,975 traffic crashes involving pedestrians occurred in Texas, resulting in 669 deaths, a 5% increase in fatalities over the previous year. Another 1,317 people were seriously injured.
Crash reports from law enforcement indicate the two leading causes for pedestrian fatalities are: pedestrians failing to follow traffic safety laws and being struck when crossing streets and roadways, and motorists failing to yield the right of way, driving distracted or driving too fast.
Since 2015, TxDOT has spent $153 million in federal and state funding to upgrade sidewalks, curbs and striping for pedestrian accessibility, safety and mobility.
For drivers . . .
For pedestrians . . .