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The deadliest year on Abilene’s roads, what you can do to help

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – This year has been claimed as the deadliest year on the roads of Texas and Abilene. Pedestrians, drivers, motorcyclists and road construction crews are just a few of the many types of people and vehicles that share the roads with one thing in common: getting home safely.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said the this is the website that more than 79,000 people have died on Texas roads since November 7, 2000. He estimates that an average of ten people die each day due to traffic-related incidents.

Locally, the Abilene Police Department has investigated 23 crashes that have claimed 28 lives this year (as of Dec. 10). Seven of them involved motorcycles and four involved pedestrians. According to Thomas Bryant, APD Traffic/SWAT Commander, each fatality had unique factors and no trends were found.

In response to traffic accidents, the APD has increased patrols in high-traffic areas and increased public service announcements on social media regarding road safety. Take a look at what you can do to keep communities safe below.


What you can do for a cyclist:

By bike :

  • To wear a helmet
  • Use a bike lane if possible or ride close to the sidewalk
  • Wear light/reflective clothing and avoid wearing dark colors

Driving:

  • Give cyclists room to ride from a safe distance
  • Give way to the cyclist on bends
  • Pay attention to the road and obey the speed limits

What you can do for pedestrians:

The main factors associated with collisions with pedestrians are inattentive drivers, speeding, and failure of drivers and pedestrians to yield.

As a pedestrian:

  • Cross the street only at intersections and crosswalks
  • Look left, right, then left again before crossing
  • Don’t assume drivers can see you, make eye contact
  • Use a sidewalk if possible or walk on the left side of the road facing oncoming traffic
  • Do not use electronic devices that take your eyes or ears away from the road

As a driver:

  • Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Give way to pedestrians on bends
  • Be careful when passing buses or other vehicles
  • Pay attention to the road, don’t text and drive
  • Follow the speed limit

What you can do for bikers:

Nearly one in three motorcycle deaths occur at intersections. In 2021, 519 bikers died and 2,318 were injured. Many drivers do not see the motorcyclist or misjudge distance and speed.

  • Be very careful when turning left, it is safer to let the motorcycle pass before turning
  • Be careful, especially at intersections
  • Give your full attention to driving
  • Look twice when changing lanes
  • Use turn signals, check blind spots and mirrors before turning
  • Give space to motorcyclists, maintain a safe distance
  • Obey speed limits and slow down according to road conditions

What you can do in work areas:

In 2021, more than 26,000 accidents occurred in more than 3,100 active work zones in Texas. There were 856 serious injuries and 244 related deaths, a 33% increase from 2019.

  • Slow down, obey the work zone speed limit
  • Pay attention
  • Do not tailgate
  • Watch out for road crews
  • Expect delays and allow extra time

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