The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently launched a campaign to raise public awareness to “drive smart, walk smart, and bike smart.”
OA Online Dallas reported on its website that the campaign would be conducted through the month of October.
The TxDOT recently released a report of traffic fatalities involving bicyclists and pedestrians across the state. The report indicated that there had been a total of 668 people who were killed in motor vehicle and pedestrian crashes this year. This is a 5 percent increase from the same time in 2019.
A total of 68 bicyclists were killed in 2019, and 313 seriously injured in 2019. The agency finds that the number of injuries and deaths of bicyclists has been steadily increasing over the last five years.
“Whether you’re behind the wheel, on foot, or riding a bicycle, we’re reminding Texans to make traffic safety their number one concern when they’re out and about,” TxDOT Executive Director James Bas said in a recent press release. “The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us the importance of looking after ourselves and others in our communities, and we’re asking the public to apply that same responsibility to safely sharing the road and obeying traffic laws.”
While motorists are encouraged to obey the traffic laws, avoid distracted driving, and slow down, pedestrians are encouraged to make it a habit to cross busy streets only at intersections and crosswalks. Approximately 20% of motor vehicle accidents in the state of Texas involved pedestrians.